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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Coyote - Your words of wisdom embrace the needs of the whole human race. Color is nothing more than a way we distinguish ourselves from one another. A truly uncalled for distinction. All we need to know is that after all we all strive for the same things. Love, peace, understanding, a safe place for our families and other loved ones.
For so many years we as a nation tried to erase much of the Native American culture when in reality we should have and should embrace it.

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Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

I agree. No only the Native American belief. The dying tribe of South American. Their land and world.. read more



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Total Learning center here lot of talk about peace and all I see is destruction and war killing at mass graves but Native American's are very wise and no one seems to want to listen this is their land we stolen it from their people.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

7 Hours Ago

My dear Ojibwa Grandmother told me often. Don't hold hate and seek revenge. Hate and revenge is a he.. read more
Falcon1

7 Hours Ago

You are so truly blessed my Friend.
I know this is a older post, but I just found it. Powerful story. Powerful words. Powerful message.
- George

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

10 Hours Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. A meaningful poem for me. A Ojibwa wish for peace and calm.
This was a very pleasant, and calming read. The healing wheel has a lot truth in today's society. nice job.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

10 Hours Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I believe if we don't slow down. We will nothing for the next.. read more
You have masterfully combined many words of wisdom, a story and an insight into another almost forgotten world.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Leigh. I appreciate the kind words. Would be a better world if we led with concern, kindne.. read more
Coyote...just curious a tale or truth? Either way a strong message that we all can learn from especially in these times of division and mistrust as usual a great write!!

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Coyote Poetry

3 Weeks Ago

Truth. I was lucky. In my time in the military. I was station on the four corners of the USA. My Oji.. read more
This is a very awesome piece of writing! Keep up the wonderful work!

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Coyote Poetry

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you for reading and the kind words. I do appreciate.
It was so beautifully written.

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Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.
aine

1 Month Ago

You're welcome.
Keep looking for peace. You'll find it eventually.
Good for deep thinking!

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Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

Thank you augustus. We must.
This is deep. I am from Nigeria,where ethnic diversity has brought about strife among different ethnic groups. Well, this medicine wheel is traveling beyond to touch many culture.
I love this part:
"Teach us the four winds.
Give us wisdom.
Teach us humility.
Show us clarity.
Allow us to trust our brothers"
And also
"We are one
Let's pray for peace"

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Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

Thank you Evelyn for reading and the comment. I pray daily. We learn to get along. For the sake of a.. read more
First, this is a great piece. Well done. This is a kind of story i will live to hear a storyteller narrate by the porch after dinner.

" We Apache and Native Americans were responsible to protect Nature."

should be:

We, Apache and Native Americans, were responsible to protect Nature.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

Thank you Mirror for reading and the help. I do appreciate.
Mirror

2 Months Ago

You are always welcome!

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