Council Fire

19th Rainbow Family Gathering of the Tribes
July 1-7, 1990, Superior Forest, Minnesota


Pilgrimage to the old
power spot, our abandoned
council circle—
                            I meet all
the pilgrims packing out
their tents and trash-bags

I find
a giant fire-pit dug here
since we counciled
hard for three hours in the sun
to move the council closer
to the center of camp

Three pilgrims
rest here on a log:
they too casually join
the council of all vanished
tribes around the coals
of the original fire