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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



Author's Note

Coyote Poetry
If mistakes. Please tell me. Never too old to learn.

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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

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

5 Months Ago

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

5 Months Ago

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



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I get a good laugh out of this:

"At the Mall I go to the so-call Native American store.
A Middle East man tried to sell me a China's made items.
I touched a Medicine Wheel." Very wise Coyote!

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

this poem describes exactly how i feel, even though im young and barely a teenager, and you way older, we share the same thoughts and the same beliefs. your poetry always relates to me in someway. Your poetry shows your beliefs and your opinion of the world and everything like that. and we both have that in common. even though we're not perfect, it would be better if more people thought like us coyote, then the world would change a lot, but sadly most people remain ignorant to the world around them and how they are destroying it. We are all one people and to unite as one to fight the true wars. True wars meaning saving the environment, saving endangered animals, world peace, not killing each other with nuclear weapons.

great poem coyote

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

the grammer mistakes aren't important....good clear meaning...sadness is felt undertoning....well done

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

We have so much to learn from the wisdom of Nature, from the Past and Elders, and from the reality of Life...

nice work...

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Yes, everyone is important. We should come together instead of fighting each other all the time. Awesome and profound truth that I'm sure many in power don't want others to realize or accept.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Such wisdom in this, and we as the reader gets to
learn something along the way. I love the mystical, and
spiritual aspect of this piece.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

How you've fused all the races into the medicine excites me. Each race has its own share of worldly responsibility and they should ensure they don't lack.
Very wise words here Coyote.

I feel enlightened after reading this. Very refreshing.
Fantastic piece

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is a universal concept. I love how you incorporated the tradition in this with modern day sadness and truth. Powerful and an excellent read.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I love the concept of this story. you are full of wisdom and sage advice. I would love to hear you perform your poetry and stories in your own voice. Your poetic voice is so spiritual and magical almost, your true voice could only serve to enhance this more. perhaps you will do so for your children or grandchildren? thank you so much for sharing.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

It's lovely. :D

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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