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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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 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

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

6 Months Ago

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



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Thank you for sharing this. Ever since I started to "learn" American history in school, something never felt right so I decided to research on my own. It disgusted and enraged me, what my ancestors did. I've always held that so I never forget to look at everyone. To be kind and serve others. To refuse the ways of many. I've always felt thankful to Native Americans for teaching me that.

This is a gift of history; the legacy of a people passed down through oral tradition as it was so long ago. There is so much wisdom and so much beauty in listening. So I thank your Apache friend, his ancestors who stewarded the knowledge to him, and you for this gift.



Posted 6 Months Ago


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Gaia Octavia

6 Months Ago

Yes. The Chinese railroad workers are another example. And we still do these horrid things across t.. read more
Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

The world had not changed. This is very sad. What did we leave for the children?
Gaia Octavia

6 Months Ago

Pain and death. You're welcome, kids. 😧

But for real, I love the picture on this p.. read more
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 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

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

6 Months Ago

Amen to that..........
I love this story it's old world wisdom spun with charm.
Have you ever thought about the different kinds and shades of dirt? There is a story in that :) the good earth God created all men from only to return to that very dust once gone.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

The dirt would be a new story. You are right Cherrie. Dirt like flowers, different skies and the dif.. read more
I learned a lot from the medicine wheel native american culture has fascinated me for a long time and for an asian like me it serves as an inspiration to learn more about it. thanks for this piece.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

The Asia part is very important. The old wisdom is needed. Thank you for reading and the comment. I .. read more
sette

7 Months Ago

thanks for the appreciation of asia as well. yes the old wisdom is still needed despite the modern w.. read more
Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

The Asia world is very important. Oldest wisdom and gentle people. Need their knowledge and calm no.. read more
A great poem of unity and peace inspiring universal love. I hope our kind are included in the red. I'm deeply impressed by the Native American Indians. I liked how u mused about color and race here motivating to oneness of humankind. Kudos.


Soo nice to read from u again, would like your great thoughts on my latest poem too, pleez, on suicide.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.
Amazing, feel it into the depth of my bones, shivers through the spine, connected you are🌹

Posted 7 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

I appreciate the comment. We must learn. Nature and us are one. Every life had value. One earth and .. read more
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

6 Months Ago

Yes one love 🌹
interesting read here, enjoyed the wisdom

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

When we learn. One earth and one people. We can know peace. Every life had value. Thank you Alex for.. read more
Beautiful, very beautiful indeed! Your words are so inspiring and so wise that if i had to read this piece of writing again and again I would! Truly another incredible piece of yours!
Mamta

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you Mamta. I appreciate the comment.
BEAUTIFUL STORY, A LESSON FOR EVERYONE, WE ALL ARE ONE, AND WE ALL ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR PARTS IN LIFE, THANKS FOR SHARING IT AND WRITING IT..KEEP READING N WRITING :)

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I agree with your words and your thoughts.
Great great story!! This is timeless with and important lesson to learn for
everyone who reads this.a genuine pleasure

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you my friend for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.

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