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

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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 solemn and beautiful memory? a wonderful tribute to a respected and revered soul? A fantastic write, fantasy, memory, no matter. Lessons for every soul to ponder, that much is certain.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

Thank you my dear friend for reading and the comment. I do appreciate.
chi miigwetch for the wisdom & teachings. You're an amazing storyteller as well.

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Coyote Poetry

7 Months Ago

Thank you Jennifer. I burn sage for healing and I pray for peace. I hope we learn soon. War doesn't .. read more
Jennifer Patino

7 Months Ago

totally agreed
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SKY
Oh man! you really knocked the doors for the sleeping ones. Lots knowledge you shared with a vision for care. I hope this will heal all the wounded souls. Peace for all....

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you SKY for reading. I burn sage and pray daily. One earth and one people. We must get along f.. read more
SKY

8 Months Ago

That's really great of you Coy. Don't worry our pray and faith will never let anything good to be lo.. read more
It is very good and inspirational. For one thing, I was moved by the imagery--I felt like I was in the story of the poem when I read it. Amazing. Truly remarkable. I'm just speechless, to be honest.

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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you for reading and the comment. I pray we learn. One earth, one people. We must get along.
Thank you so much.. beautfully penned.

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

Thank you Deborah. I appreciate the comment.
"...Give us wisdom.
Teach us humility.
Show us clarity.
Allow us to trust our brothers..."

This is brilliant Coyote. Very insightful and inspirational!


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Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

Thank you sonnie. I wish we can learn soon. We must be kind to each other and to nature.
sonnie ibadah

10 Months Ago

well said.
Living life togetherness of every living soul.. spirits to roam freely as nature intended. I feel humbled reading this beautiful inspirational write .

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Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

Thank you Katrina for reading and the comment. I hope we learn ASAP to live in peace.
Katrina Mckeown

10 Months Ago

I hope so aswel Coyote.
TOGETHERNESS!....................................very wise belief.

Posted 11 Months Ago


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Coyote Poetry

11 Months Ago

We need. One earth and one people. Thank you Cortez for reading and the comment. I appreciate.
I love this. It's clearly not a poem, but it is a beautiful narrative of history and hope. It's always kind of saddened me that I have Native American blood but no connection to the history. This has given me some knowledge that I was unaware of. I really feel like the Native Americans had it right. All things have spirit, and we are one. They understood that. Thank you.

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Coyote Poetry

11 Months Ago

The Native American belief is needed. Need the four corners of the world to get along. Thank you Lin.. read more
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DAH
I feel a total catharsis has come over me. Enriching, to say the least.

Good job, CP, and perfectly composed.

Cheers,
DAH

Posted 12 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Coyote Poetry

12 Months Ago

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

11 Months Ago

My pleasure!

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