the star and the hammerkop …

“the star knows the time when our heart no longer breathes,
and then it shoots, it falls down as our heart falls down,
and the star’s noise, dying away, takes our heart away”

— ‘The Star and the Hammerkop are Those that Tell Us that One of our People Has Died’

(Bleed, Lloyd; reworked Alan James)
San/Bushman Tradition, ? – 1910

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