Sunrise Ceremony/Why Are You Here?

root - Posted on 15 April 2009

Sunrise Ceremony:Origins.

Long nights,short days.

A bud's golden soul.

Wrong humor on solemn ceremony.

Aftermath,what's nest on horizon.

by Joseph Bolden

Sunrise Ceremony/Why Are You Here?

First, a year or two ago from a few friends I heard about Alcatraz,

A.I.M. American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks (Leech Lake Ojibwe). taken over December 1969 which in later began the longest walk from Alcatraz to Washington, D.C. in 1978.

4 – 5am to 9am is the time all is to take place but with lots of people, equipment, children, and infants human errors crept in.

All in all it was a well organized affair though scary to me especially when first waking at 2:40am in the morning hoping not be late because of my legendary rotten sense of direction.

This year I was given the opportunity to witness the Sunrise Ceremony.

From the bottom of my hear I apologize for petty musings on the cold, about time, mean spirits about the crowded space prior to boarding on the ship.

Yes, many people on the rock made it difficult to see personages and speakers near a ceremonial fire.

I had gotten lost after finding the restroom after the ship had landed along with others before heading up a steep hill.

Not as cold as first though but I bundled up wearing double socks, two shirts, raincoat, scarf, and gloves given to me by the person who personally invited me.

It less cold as dawn slowly creeps into an overcast gray morn.

After finding a few of my group they and I decide to leave on the first of the four boats berthed temporary here.

From there an F-bus home, sleep, and bart ting out of city.

Money gone, bart card unable to cover exit how was I to get out of the terminal?

I got out when the bart attendant let me leave by the emergency exit.

When mama arrived the question is:

“Bring any food?”


“Bring extra cash?”

“Uh, some went to food, trips, movies…”



“Why are you here?”

“I need a break from the city.”

“So you’re here with no money or food.”


“Why are you here?”

“Ran out of money.”

“What happened to all that money saved?”

“Got used up I guess.”

“Why are you here?”

“I had to get away and
this is my haven.”

“Why are you here?”

“Its Thanksgiving,you're family.”

“Oh… ok let’s go home.”

On to Fairfield, Ca.

for a quiet, restful Thanks taking-

giving weekend holiday.

Everyone peacefully enjoy yours.

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