caught in the swallow of a hand.
Green corn gourd shake women follow
ribbons, and a man
bloodlets bygones be bygones
as fasting turns to feast
and Stomp Dance - those sacred steps
carried secret from the east.
Process Note Longer Than The Actual Poem: The Native Americans had names for the full moons. These names varied from tribe to tribe, of course. The August full moon is known as the Full Sturgeon Moon, the Red Moon, and the Green Corn Moon (among others).
Among the southeastern tribes (Creek, Choctaw, Cherokee, Seminole, etc.) there is a ceremony known as the Green Corn Ceremony. It is sort of a celebration, thanksgiving, religious cleansing all rolled into one. Details vary widely from tribe to tribe, but, in general, there is fasting and purging (the Busk), gourd shaking, ribbon dancing by the women and children, Stomp Dancing by the men, and feasting. Some tribes do ceremonial blood letting by scratching the arms and legs. Some tribes forgive all crimes (excluding murder) committed the previous year.
As I'm sure you all know, the southeastern tribes mentioned above were "removed" to Oklahoma in the 1800s. Tribes still perform the Green Corn Ceremony here. However (as far as I know), these ceremonies remain secretive and closed to the public.
My poem combines elements from different tribes and is not intended to be historically accurate.
For Izy's prompt at Real Toads