American Native Indian

In the distance of my years I cover myself with time like a blanket which enfolds me with the layers of my life. What can I tell you except that I have been everywhere and nowhere. What can I except that I have not begun my journey now that it is through? All that I am and all that I am yet to be lies within me now this way. There’s a young boy in me traveling East with the Eagle which taught me to see far and wide. The Eagle took his distance and said, “there is time to rise above so that you don’t think your small world too important. There is a time to set your vision toward the sky.
There is a young girl in me traveling West with the Bear which taught me how to look inside. The Bear stood by himself and said, “There is a time for being alone so that you do not take on the appearance of your friends. There’s a time for being at home with yourself.
There is the old man with me traveling North with the Bison which taught me wisdom. The Bison disappeared and said, “there is a time for believing in nothing so that you do not speak what you have already heard. There is a time for keeping silent.”
There is the old woman in me traveling South with the Mouse which taught me my limitations. The Mouse lay near to the ground and and said, “there is a time for taking comfort in the small things so that you do not feel forgotten in the night. There is a time for enjoying the worm.”
That’s the way it was, is, and will continue with the Eagle, the Bear, the Bison, and the Mouse joined with me in ALL directions to form the circle of my life. I am an Eagle. The small world laughs at my deeds but the Great Sky keeps to itself my thoughts of immortality. I am a Bear. In my solitude I resemble the Wind. I blow the clouds together so that they form images of my friends. I am a Bison. My voice echoes in my mouth. All that I have learned I share with the smoke of my fire.
I am a Mouse.
The World lies just beneath my nose.
Every time I journey to the horizon I find a hole instead.


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