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by Robin A Spicer
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Within their minds, they heard his words,

“Remember well the tales I have sung,

Listen to the Trees and birds,

Love the earth and your lives will be long”.





A Message



The children ran along the Riverbank

The sun shone brightly from above

Springtime birds from treetops sang,

Sparrows, singing songs of love.


Gazed into the stream, careful not to slip,

Saw Salmon running up the falls

Children, on their springtime camping trip,

No longer trapped within closed walls.


They searched around to find a place.

To pitch their tents and light their fire

When they saw before in a clearing space,

A sight that made laugh and cheer.


Standing next to a forest tree

They saw a tepee standing all alone.

An Ancient man leaned upon that tree

He seemed asleep in the afternoon  sun.


He opened his eyes and smiled at them

He showed them where to pitch their camp.

Lit their fires with twig and stem

Secure and safe against the damp.


As darkness fell, he began to sing.

He sang them a tale of the web of creation.

Into the night, his voice did ring.

Tales he told of vanished Nations.


He sang the tales of Wolf and Crow.

Of spirits that whisper through the trees.

Legends of tribes they did not know.

His Medicine Bundle he gave them to see.


Finally tired, they went to their sleep.

Snuggled deep in their camping beds.

Dreaming of ancient tales, they would keep.

Of Ancient Tribes and the life they had led.


They woke from their slumber just before dawn.

Woke to the sound of a mournful Howl

They were filled with fear, terror born.

Outside their tents came a deep throated growl.


They heard the bear turn and leave

They ventured out to look around

What they saw they could not believe

They saw the source of that howling sound.


The Old man’s lodge had disappeared

In it’s its place sat a great Grey Wolf

It seemed to say, “Have no Fear”.

It’s glowing eyes seemed filled with love.


Within their minds, they heard his words,

“Remember well the tales I have sung,

Listen to the Trees and birds,

Love the earth and your lives will be long”.


He lifted his nose and sniffed the air.

“I leave you now the Web to dance,

Sing with spirits, within the air.

My time is past” they felt as if, in a trance.


Then the Wolf with one last Howl rose into the sky

The Old man’s fire was still burning bright

Around them spirits seemed to sigh.

As rose the sun with morning light.


Robin A Spicer © 18 May 2004


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Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 5/23/2004
Nice write in the vein of the ancient Native Americans ... a people who were at one with their surroundings in ways that modern man can only dream about
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/20/2004
"A Message" has delivered food for deep thoughts on the arcane of life, and social responsibilty.

This poem is "A Message" of humanity and love.

I have enjoyed an inspiring poetical magnificence.

I Salute You, Sublime Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 5/18/2004
BRAVO Robin!!!!
The wisdom of the elders bless and smile upon you I know for this, what a SUPER wise write!!!!

Reviewed by na na (Reader) 5/18/2004
Robin, we all need to find our 'grey wolf.' What an enjoyable poem.
You have written this well and with your heart in it. Bill Murray
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/18/2004
Loved this, Robin, and like Jim, it does remind me a little of The Song of Hiawatha.
Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/17/2004
Peaceful write. Love the images.
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 5/17/2004
Sort of reminds me of the Song of Hiawatha, for some reason.

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