The Medicine wheel

The Medicine wheel

A Poem by Coyote Poetry
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Old Native American wisdom. We need to gather as one people to save earth and all people.

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Wisdom of the Medicine wheel
 

I have been  lucky.  Many kind Native Americans took me under their wing and taught me how to find peace.
 
At the Mall I went to the so-call Native American store. A Middle Eastern man tried to sell me a Chinese made items.  I touched a Medicine Wheel.
 
I told him:  "A proper Medicine Wheel has the power of the four winds."

I touched a  Dream Catcher." A real one would protect your spirit and keep bad dreams away."
 
He grinned at me. He didn't understand a word that I have spoken. He told me. "It does the same things." I left the store with nothing.
 
I sat with my Apache Friend and his family outside the gate of Fort Hood, Texas. I sat and listened to him.  His skin hardened by the Texas sun. I came and sat with him every Saturday for many months.

He had a story for every item he sold. I brought him food and water.  His stories were passed on to him by family and elders.
 
He gave me a Medicine Wheel. He rose up and made a circle with his hands. He told me.  "All people are part of the circle of life.  We all have a purpose, he had sadness in his voice. We Apache and Native Americans were responsible to protect Nature. We did a poor job."
 
"The white people were responsible for the fire. They shared their gift and now fire is held in every corner of the planet. His eyes looked at the ground, then he raised his eyes and looked to the sky. The fire was taught Atomic and nuclear power too well."
 
"The black people held the strength, wisdom and honour. The wisdom of the black people lost direction. We need their strength before we kill off all that is good."
 
"The yellow people have courage, leadership and clarity. The gentle and calm souls will be necessary for this world to seek peace."
 
"The medicine wheel is a compass to all life. We must know all four directions."
 
At a Pow Wow in Texas a few Native Americans danced and invited all of us to join the dance of friendship. A old Apache man moved around the circle. Burned sage and blessed everyone who came.
 
He welcomed us. He began to speak.

"We were the last Americans allowed to dance our Native dances.
We were the last allowed to speak our language in public.
We have not forgotten. 
We go on and hope for better days."
 
He blessed all of us and his kind eyes show respect for all.
He raise his hands and spoke to the sky.
"Teach us the four winds. 
Give us wisdom. 
Teach us humility. 
Show us clarity. 
Allow us to trust our brothers."
 
I'm proud of my Ojibwa heritage.  I'm proud of my Mexican/white heritage. The Medicine wheel showed us we are one. We need to work together. Red, black, white and yellow were given gifts.
 
Old Apache raised his hands to the sky. Then created a full circle. He moved slowly around  the inner circle and looked in all our eyes.
 
 
"We are one.
Let's pray for peace."
 
East wind - Yellow people - Path of light - Spiritual - courage.
West wind - Red people - Path of vision - physical -prayer
North wind - White people - Path of quiet - Mental - wisdom
South wind - Black people - Path of peace - natural - trust

 
This is a view of many years of learning. Every teacher tells the story differently. I believe we are one people. Peace will come when we learn to work together.

Black, White, Red and Yellow are the four corners of the Medicine Wheel. All with important gifts to bring to achieve peace with each other and the planet.


                                     Coyote

 
 

© 2016 Coyote Poetry



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Coyote Poetry
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What a truly inspirational and important poem we have here. Until now, I did not appreciate the true significance of the 'Medicine Wheel'
I have learn't many things this evening and am subsequently both humbled and very grateful to you my dear friend Coyote.................All Good Things, Neville

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Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

Thank you Neville. The Medicine. A symbol of peace. One people and one earth.
Neville Pettitt

3 Months Ago

Amen to that..........



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This is very interesting Coyote! I really don't know much about this, but I would love to learn.

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Coyote Poetry

6 Days Ago

Native American had great heritage. You would enjoy. Thank you Donna for reading and the comment. I .. read more
Wow, this is very informative and Awesome. Great job man.

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Coyote Poetry

6 Days Ago

Thank you Gautham.
Beautiful read, probably just as beautiful and fulfilling to write. The best writing, is the kind that leaves you feeling different than when you started. The writing that teaches. The writing that changes. I genuinely do love your work - surreal, yet grounded in a truth so soulful and human it should be written in our bones.

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Thank you for reading and I appreciate the comment.
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Dee
Wow. wish I could have joined you in the meetings with Apache friend and his family. I was so engrossed I wanted more and more. Truly beautiful inspirational. heartfelt story. Anyone would appreciate and enjoy. With a moral true tale in the ending.

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Coyote Poetry

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You can. Go to a Pow Wow in your area. I wish we would learn. All life had value and we would prote.. read more
Dee

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Iam in Uk. I have never heard of anything like that here. And your most welcome. Enjoy reading much.. read more
You genuinely never cease to amaze with your talent.
I always enjoy reading your work

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Thank you Gwen. I appreciate the comment.
WONDERFUL WORK FULL OF WISDOM AND TIME..

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1 Month Ago

Thank you Marilyn. I appreciate the comment.
Very informative, I found it to be quite an interesting read. Thank you for sharing.

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1 Month Ago

Old ancient wisdom. Needed today. Thank you Traci for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.
wow this is interesting and inspirational. well written

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Coyote Poetry

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Thank you Lola. Old wisdom, we need to remember and do.
Enlightening ! Beautifully said as you always do. It was a treat to read your words again

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2 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment my dear friend. I do appreciate. I
Didn't know about the 'Medicine Wheel', thank you for sharing the piece.
Made me feel I was there in soul and visualise your words.
Together in peace will this planet sustain.
A learning read.

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Thank you Fachin. I appreciate the comment.

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