The Medicine wheel

The Medicine wheel

A Poem by Coyote Poetry

Old Native American wisdom. We need to gather as one people to save earth and all people.



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.



© 2016 Coyote Poetry

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

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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 could have and should have embraced it.

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I agree. No only the Native American belief. The dying tribe of South American. Their land and world.. read more
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this was a very interesting read. my family seems to be of the full circle as there is asian, mexican white black italian all in my extended family. we cant be prejudiced we got everything in our family lol. melting pot for sure

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wonderful. i will read this again and again.

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I love this poem. It tells a wonderful story for friends and stories of life and how some try to deceive. The flow is nicely done. Once again great write Coyote.

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An awsome poem & what we could all learn from the "Medicine Wheel." We can learn so much from other cultures & learn to get along together to help bring peace to this beautiful world we all live in. Thank you for for sharing the wisdom.

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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

Words of wisdom within this beautifully penned piece my friend~ We are all the same bottom line~ no one any better than the next to be sure

Thanks for sharing this; so nicely expressed and well written!!

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Remarkable poem. It was very touching to me. I try to take each person I meet as a new person with a clean slate. Not to harber any preconcieved notions about them based on their age, sex, skin color or education and I still find myself failing. I like the concept of the medicine wheel. Enjoyed. I'm pulling this one for my special file.

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Much wisdom. Thank you for sharing this with us!


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wow this is amazing. What a beautiful experience. I have always found the Red Way to be the most beautiful way to live. I have studied many different beliefs but this one by far is the most compassionate way. YOur words gave me goose bumps and your experience touched my heart.

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Great write that is educational...I really enjoyed this one..Keep the creative pen flowing..Sunflower/Sara

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We all have something important to share with others. Such a wonderful poem. We should listen to the teachings of native cultures. This culture we (most of us) live in is destructive to the world and to the human soul. So many of us long for meaning and the current culture offers none. If we all work together we can change the world. Your poem offers hope for change.

This poem is so full of meaning I have difficulty looking for mistakes. I did find this one:
-"His skin harden from the Texas sun." - possibly change "harden" to "hardened"

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