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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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 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

4 Months Ago

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

4 Months Ago

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



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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"

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

9 Months 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 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

9 Months Ago

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

9 Months Ago

You are always welcome!
An engaging short story. Sounds like you have met a lot of different people in your lifetime. Reading this has just increased my desire to travel the world and meet new people.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

9 Months Ago

I was lucky. I saw 40 countries because of my time in the military. I visit 48 states. I was station.. read more
There is a lot we have forgotten. We forget more than we remember. If we took more time to think of why we were what we were and how we became what we now see. We would all realize we took a wrong turn a long time ago, and it might not be too late for us to turn back around before we run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

You are right. We need to slow down and enjoy our life. Appreciate nature and family/friends. Thank .. read more
The element of storytelling in your text is refreshing. Love how I can comprehend what a medicine wheel is from just reading the poem.

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

A Medicine wheel. A simple object with great meaning. Thank you Spirit for reading and the comment.
It's impeccable! Keep writing!

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

Thank you Jiya. I appreciate the comment.
Nice poem! I don't see any mistakes. :)

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

Thank you Ashley. I appreciate the comment.
Ashley

10 Months Ago

Anytime! I love your poems!
I enjoyed reading this piece here in 2017. thanks for sharing your talent.

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

Thank you Roxane. I appreciate the comment.
This reminds me of Seinfeld.

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Mmmmm. Coyote you are an insightful man. This writing touched me deep within. Thank you for sharing! Had to read multiple times to gain full meaning. Love it. Feel free to check out my work

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and he comment. I will check out your work now.

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