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.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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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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I really love your work . I can't wait too read all of them . Nice work

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.
This is one of the most poignant pieces I have read in a very long time. It really touches my soul. My grandfather was 100% Cherokee, yet I know very little about the culture, but have always had an interest. I have never heard of the medicine wheel. You describe it so eloquently, and the way you wrote this, it really tugs at my emotions. It saddens me that because the white men wanted the land, the Native Americans who could have taught them so much, were basically driven out of their homes and pushed to near extinction. Such a sad thing. So much culture has been lost because of ignorance. I don't for the life of me understand why people of different races and cultures cannot get along and coexist. What a much better world it would be for us all. I LOVED THIS! Best thing you have written that I have read so far! Keep up the great work. I look forward to reading more!

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you my friend. I agree. In a world seeking war over peace. I pray we learn to seek peace over .. read more
SJ Mullins

8 Months Ago

This is so true!
Aloha Coyote, I enjoyed reading this very much, I have a deep respect for the wisdom this imparts and that it embraces that we are more the same than we are different. Izzy

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

You are right . I pray we can get along. Old world dancing on dangerous edge today. Thank you for re.. read more
Island Hippy

8 Months Ago

You're welcome
Love your words of wisdom in this beautiful poem.The Native Americans are wise souls and the only way we will find peace is to bring together all people of Mother to join hands and connect to the brotherhood of Man;-]

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

You are right my friend. I hope we do it soon. Thank you for reading and the comment.
wonderful, applause! I'm glad I read that. it was deep, mysterious, and intriguing. Well done!

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you Alicia. I appreciate he comment.
The medicine wheel is very sacred in our tribes, this expressed that very well! I liked it a lot, I'm happy you were able to share this with others on here who do not know of the medicine wheel, nicely written :)

I am of the Makwa clan, and leech lake band of Ojibwe. :)

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you Kesha. Old wisdom is needed in our world.
Kesha

8 Months Ago

Yes it is, very true
Global brotherhood is a noble ambition, but it is rather like trying to stuff twenty cats in a sack! I enjoyed this, but it will require concrete action to achieve your dream rather than wishful thinking. Nice work, though.

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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

You are right. 20 cats in a sack would be easier. I hope we haven't surpass the possibilities of pe.. read more
The Iron Horseman

8 Months Ago

If enough people believe in the dream, then maybe something will happen! Let's keep hoping!
The voice, tone and message in this is write is apropos for the times of today, yesterday and tomorrow. I found myself flowing in the river of wisdom in this piece. As one of Puerto Rican ancestry who never forgets the Taino Indian story, I highly appreciate your work. The Native blood not only runs through South America but also certain regions of the Caribbean as well, excellent work.

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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you. We must hold on to our heritage. We came from great people.
J Manuel

8 Months Ago

Yes indeed we must
I LOVE this! I am also a student of Native Wisdom. I have studied, and feel most at peace in the North Wind. I have a Buffalo tattoo on my right arm.

Great info!! Great insights.

Thank you for the reminder!

MoonSong (my native name)

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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Hello MoonSong. I have a wolf and hawk tattoos on my arms. Thank you Maria for reading and the com.. read more
My wrinkled mind is largely still a blank
But quickly fills with all that I can clutch.
Whatever senses offered, so I drank
To quench my thirst to know the such-and-such

Of life. I had no fear and never shrank
From seeking knowledge, sometimes overmuch.
New learning would become a narrow plank
To build a bridge. This knowing was the crutch

I thank you Coyote for your broadened pen,
revealing pictures I have seen before.
but painted with a bright and different ken,
to keep me searching on for even more.


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you Norbanus. I hope we seek peace over war before it is too late.

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