Reflections West
5:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Toni Truesdale & Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, 2012. (CC-BY-2.0)
Joy Harjo, 2012. (CC-BY-2.0)
Credit Joy Harjo

From her home in Pennsylvania, Toni Truesdale has never heard the call of the West. But her sister has. In spite of geographic separation, they re-create home around the kitchen table, wherever they are. Poet Joy Harjo's poem, "Perhaps the World Ends Here," sings of the kitchen table:

"Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory."

(Broadcast: Reflections West, 8/26/14 & 8/27/14)

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