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Life Is A Journey
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
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written for the "Land of the Muse" challenge. To use the phrase: " Life is a journey"

Life is a Journey

This journey begin in the mountains,
On the worn paths of my ancestors,
They sought to protect us in the hidden valleys,
To raise us in the old ways,
Untouched my modern man…

This journey begin on trails century old,
Carried on the backs of our mothers,
Wrapped in somber blankets,
Hidden from the hatred and fear,
Of those who condemned our beliefs.

The old ones were weary,
Yet they found the strength to teach us,
“Life is a journey”, they said,
And you must walk in harmony with the earth,
“Listen to your heart” they told us,
“Follow the ways of our people,
You must learn to listen to everything.

The breeze will tell you many things,
And the trees have secrets,
The stone too has its story,
If you stop to listen…”

We did not hear them.
We ran to the city below,
Thinking they were old and stale,
And we wanted the new world!

The world broke us,
And we lost our way.
We came home one by one,
The mountain called to us.

We missed her strong shoulders,
And gentle beauty,
We missed the clean rivers,
And sweet waters,
We missed our grandfather’s wisdom,
And gentle teachings…

We missed our mother,
And her loving acceptance of our rebellion;
We came home expecting retribution,
But when we went to our grandfathers,

They took the pipe and tobacco,
And sent a message to the spirit world,
Giving thanks and blessings to clear our way…
I asked him how he could forgive us,
For running away and forgetting,
Where we came from…

And he said;
“My sweet child,
Life is a journey,
And every child must find their way,
The path is hard and crooked,
But always returns to its source,
And you have not returned here with empty hands,
You have brought back hope.”

I laid my head on his knee,
And he blessed me,
Wiping away my tears,
I spend my days listening now,
To everything;

This journey ends in the mountains,
I have found my way again.
I am home.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 11/8/2006
Life indeed is a journey. We determine the journey and the rewards.
Beautifully said...

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/6/2006

Blessed is the daughter of Mother Poet that wants to come back home, for HOME is the name of Her Poem.

"Life Is A Journey" glows and flows through this reader's heart.

I did enjoy the sublimity of this composition... "Life Is A Journey" made the wings of my imagination fly.

I salute You, Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 4/6/2006
Well, Retta this is truly beautiful and touches one's heart for sure. Wonderful write. Hugs, Trish
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/4/2006
A fantastic write Retta
I could not stop reading till the end
and craved for more

Love & Peace
Reviewed by jude forese 4/4/2006
wisdom and creative dexterity merged into a wonderful poem ...
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 4/3/2006
Dear Reindeer,

Your beautiful Native American Spirit has so much to teach us. Thank You for sharing the Wisdom of the Elders. I sense that it is a good path to follow.

Blessings of Love & Light,
Reviewed by richard poor 4/2/2006
this life is our journey and you have told us yours(so far),but how much further do we the end.
very good write!!!
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 3/31/2006
This is beautiful and so very thoughtfully written. So close to life, and universal at the same time...

Reviewed by Aberjhani 3/31/2006
The value of treasured cultural legacies are easily lost in the modern world. Your extraordinary craftsmanship illustrates beautifully how much we stand to lose by turning our backs on time-honored wisdom and how much there is to gain from the Love and knowledge and strength of those who made the JOURNEY before us.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/31/2006
Peaceful completion is expressed and I can use the therapeutic aura of your verses here, my friend (respectfully). Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 3/30/2006
A very descriptive write of how you found your way back home!
Very well written!
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 3/29/2006
All Life (Lives) Is Journey,i.e. It's Narrow Path (God) Placed You On Strays (Off)Away Makes It Not Anything But Your Own Heaven Went To Your Own Holy Hell...

Why Do Some People Follow It Has Millions Do Not Simply Look At Todays (Path) World Of Holy Hell...

Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 3/29/2006
Hi Retta..
You can really touch the soul..
Thanks for your encouragement...
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 3/28/2006
what a wonderful completion of the exercise and, as always, your expression is so well done, the images so clear, the poetry so storylike, that the feeling one gets from it kind of echoes in my mind even after finishing the read...great work!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/28/2006

A masterful write from you; very well done! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/28/2006

A masterwork you have penned, beautifully imaged and written; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/28/2006
This is beautiful and touches me deeply because of events I have been though in the past few years that has brought me home :-)
Reviewed by Dale Clark 3/28/2006
Outstanding Retta! I loved this.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/28/2006
This is a masterwork from the heart. A journey from the arms of your Mother out into the "world" and back again to your Source. Oh this is saved to be read again and again. Thank you for sharing your truth, Retta...

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/28/2006
This is so beautiful Retta!!

Well done sis!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/28/2006
Thanks again for sharing and exchanging your inner wisdom and light
in this enlightening and memorable pen !
I am keeping this in my archives ...:)
Fabolous picture too
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/28/2006
Never, ever forget where you came from, iinstead use that ancient knowledge to maneuver through the new and exciting new world. I liked this poem.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/28/2006
Reindeer, this is outstanding beauty with a great wisdom message! No matter what our roots we must live what we are, and when we do we will find peace. Thank you for sharing!

Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/28/2006
So wise and so great a message here for both children and parents. If we could all look at life in this way what a wonderful world could be created for tomorrow.

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