Maasai warrior blessing

Greetings heavenly dawn!

I come here, the blessed of the blessed, still resting beneath the tree

No wild animals or vultures' wings will tamper with us
No rhino horns or sharp spears will separate us

I pray for prosperity

Let it come to us in slow, uphill motions
Let it come to stay

Wild beasts and vultures hush--your expectations were not met
for we are still alive

Bless us with babies and with cows
on the slopes and on the plains
when we seek and when we don't

Give us prosperity by surprise

Keep us until the wrinkles of old age

Goodbye heavenly dawn, until tomorrow when we shall meet again in peace
and in the golden rays of prosperity

From "Broken Spears, a Maasai jouney", Elizabeth L. Gilbert