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


Author's Note

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 2 Years Ago


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Coyote Poetry

2 Years Ago

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

2 Years Ago

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



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A fascinating tale here. I have read that current anthropological theory is that homo sapiens originated in east Africa and over the centuries migrated to the middle east, where one group migrated to the north and west and another to the east. It was this latter group that eventually crossed the land bridge that connected Asia with North America and then went on to populate both of the Americas. I think this may be compatible with the tale of the Medicine Wheel.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

I agree. If we learn. We are more the same than different. Thank you for reading and the comment my .. read more
Bravo! I mean, just Wow.
I felt deeply connected to this poem, in many ways for many reasons. Thank you for sharing such knowledge with us, a piece of your culture/heritage that was passed down to you from the others, who learned about it from their elders.
A true lesson, and gift. Respect to you, and your people...I feel honored to have read this.

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Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

Thank you Audie. We need the old ways again. The world need calm and family again.
Audie G. Couch

1 Week Ago

Very True. It is up to people like us to keep the old ways of tradition, and knowledge going. The ri.. read more
So many things we can learn here...if we keep our hearts open to accept and be humble. I truly enjoyed reading your story! Absolutely we are one...pray for peace. :-)))

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Coyote Poetry

1 Week Ago

Thank you dear Susan and I pray we learn. We are one people and one earth.
Narrated very well; touring the whole world; Your writing The Medicinal Wheel" touches humanity to think; think; think...about cultural significance.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

We must learn. Every life had value. Women must be safe from violence and every child need safe plac.. read more
Oneness above all prejudices is supreme. Loved the authenticity and may be this is first time I am reading something unique poem with long prose. Thanks for sharing with us Coyote. Pleasure to read such a lovely antique piece.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

Thank you Vari. I appreciate the visit.
Very interesting. From around the world we can learn many things from eachother. There is wisdom and experience in this poem. It was a nice read, take care Coyote.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

Thank you my friend for reading and the comment. We need unity of all countries. To fix our world.
For eternal peace and tranquil the four medicinal wind truly needed..... I learned through your poem how the east west South and North wind and the four corners are the pillars of mankind...... A piece full of harmony

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

3 Months Ago

When we learn. This is one earth and one people. Maybe we can find understanding. Thank you for read.. read more
This truly has a beautiful message especially that peace nowadays is one of the things that are hard to accomplish in our modern days.

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

4 Months Ago

We need to see our world with a multi-color view. It would be a better world. Thank you for reading .. read more
A beautiful write. A message that is ever needed today. We need to find a way to bring peace and unity about. Love this piece of writing and all it stands for. A wonderful read. Thank you.


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Coyote Poetry

5 Months Ago

Thank you ladysue. I pray for peace, everyday.
Inspirational beyond words. Another piece my friend. Well written

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Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

Thank you my friend and I appreciate the comment. I wish we could get along.

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