Jason Grundstrom-Whitney

When We Surrender

Raven flew across vast oceans
and continents
gathering all that obscures.

The flight was heavy;
the load immense:
greed,
envy,
lust,
hatred.

Raven never complained.
What was surrendered
could be absorbed.

A great alchemist,
Raven burned chaff into light
spread throughout the new year.

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photograph of Jason Grundstrom-Whitney playing harmonica

A Bear Clan member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Jason Grundstrom-Whitney’s poetry has appeared in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers and in the Underground Writers Association’s Anthology of Maine Poets. Jason is a father, grandfather, and husband, has been in recovery for 37 years, and studied with native teachers and many others while he hitch-hiked across America.