Grandfather’s lesson

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Grandfather

            no like talk

            with exception

            one only

            inquisitive child

Mentors

            like to teach

            oral tradition

            storyteller

            narration

Ancestors

            cultural cues

            inflection

            emotion

            Matchimanitou

Depth of reason

            harmony

            one with Earth Mother

            Sky Father

            four seasons

Deception

            tricks

            magical

            Trickster

            Coyote

Peyote

            vision quest

            cannot hide

            Spirit Guide

            connection

Warrior Way

            predator

            at a loss

            out of time

            out of prey

The World

            contemporary

            progress

            civilized

            so they say

Education

            prized

            dangled

            before eyes

            enough to appease

Era of “please”

            still compete

            against thyself

            and thine own

We still call

            reservations “home”

Have we not learned – anything?

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5 thoughts on “Grandfather’s lesson

      • Mary Cathleen Clark June 4, 2016 / 3:49 am

        I’m having trouble with WordPress, my comments keep flying off into cyberspace…frustrating. If this one goes through, I’ll just bid you good night, my dear friend, and sweet dreams.

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      • jwtatfbc June 4, 2016 / 3:50 am

        I had trouble with it earlier when trying to put up my post. But thank you for your comments. Good night and sweet dreams, Pretty Lady.

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  1. Poet Rummager June 4, 2016 / 8:23 am

    Storytelling is such a beautiful and important tradition. Thank you for the reminder in your lovely poem.

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