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
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 should have and should embrace it.

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Coyote Poetry

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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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You are such a good writer.....and your work brings me peace....lovely stuff to read.

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Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

This is my goal. I was a soldier and I learn. No-one win in war. Both winner and loser must heal. Th.. read more
pia

6 Months Ago

Your work is very enlightening and wonderfully written. Always want to read stuff written from a per.. read more
Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

All of us have a story to be told. I wish more folks wrote about their home and their life.
Thank you Coyote for sharing about the Native American culture and explaining that we are one people.


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Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

We are one people. We can cry for the child killed in Africa and we can cry for the child killed Man.. read more
Anjali

6 Months Ago

Yeah violence and war across the world especially the Manchester and London terror attacks are horri.. read more
A great teaching. One I had yet to hear in such a poetic style especially. I may wish to hold a copy of this in my documents. But only with permission. If ever used whom should receive the credit? You Coyote, besides the one who taught you. It feels like you created your own here. Thanks so much for sharing. What a blessing.
Now if we all could come together again, and tear down the corporation that calls itself the system. Give back to Gaia, as well, the living breathing sentient beings, living upon her plane.
Douglas.
Thanks for this, a million times.
Blessing and peace, healing , wellness, strength for each. Restoration, clarity. Binders removed, reality seen. All one tribe.
D

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Coyote Poetry

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You can use. Words are to be shared and read. Thank you Douglas for reading and the comment. I do ap.. read more
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MCS
The sharing of wisdom so important to our well being, thank for this.

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Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.
Beautiful!
And I too "believe we are one people. Peace will come when we learn to work together."
And hope that notion come to all before is too late to save us all...


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Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

I pray daily and I burn sage for peace. I hope we learn soon. Every life had value.
angelina neves

7 Months Ago

Yes! every life, all life is important (even if we haven't discover yet for what!)
You're so wise for writing this, I liked it!

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Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.
I love how you brought out our human oneness....no matter how some try to hammer on our differences, our strength lies in our intricately beautiful diversity, yet finding joy in their unity

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Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

You are right. Different people and different people. Same needs and thank you for reading and the c.. read more
Chi-miigwech ( thank you ) my friend. So wise, so spiritual, so profound. I am honored and humbled to read this and I respect its truth. You have woven this masterfully. Such Beautiful imagery and descriptive language. We can hear the voices and smell the sage and look into the eyes of the elders. Perfect.

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Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

Thank you Annette. If we learn. One earth and one people. Nature and life had value. Maybe we could.. read more
I enjoy learning about spiritually-cleansing rituals, gatherings and celebrations. I took my sweet time to look at the compass. I particularly liked the Wolf.. the animal's curiosity and adventure.. the power of the moon.

We are one.. Yet very few are awake to the truth.

"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."

-This was one of my favorite parts in your story.

Thank you for sharing, Coyote. :)

~Rain.

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Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

Thank you Rain. I appreciate the comment.
Truly powerful message, thought evoking and gripping... Could not turn away from this read!

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Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

7 Months Ago

What a glorious day that would be, my friend.
Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

Maybe one day?
Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

7 Months Ago

We can hope.

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