Diary of Medicine Flower

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Click, Click, Clicking Out of Unaka's Hell

(revisted) As I sit here through the night, computer screen at work, click, click, click - same reports, same routines - I think when I was the chief warrior in this tribe. I ordered and commanded, my blood pressure high, my flame resplendant. All who knew me knew a corporate mover and shaker. But... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 4, 2006

In My Own Quiet Way

(revisited) The cool drink of fresh water from the cold stream is best when the morning dew mats my hair. When young, we Cherokee make passage to the stream, to cleanse our thoughts and hearts. We find a sacred spot and burn tobacco and sage, inhaling the spirits to commune with our fathers. We look... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Remote and Alone

(Revisted) When I am alone, I think of the days when I was glad to have people about me, singing and clapping, dancing and shouting, whoops to the heavens, above the smoldering campfire, the crackling sparks illuminating the night sky. Now I prefer a quiet place, a warm radiator, a piping hot cup of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Prairie Courting

revisited Fair is the maid I pursue on the knoll. Just ahead of me she stays, knowing I watch, but keeping her distance. I stop and gaze, tilting my head to catch the breeze, my crow feather shown best when blown apart. I feel her smile, although I only see her back. I know she has etched me in her... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Poor Injun

(re-visited) Poor Injun I, who once drew a six digit salary as a profit machine from a great corporate firm. I worked around the clock every day and pioneered their systems and feathered their nests. But as a poor injun, I could not imagine a disunion from the firm. I pissed my money away as more... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Stoking Thanks

(re-visited) Awaking each morning, I turn my face to the horizon and thank the Maker for the day, the opportunity for life and the challenge of growth. This is important, something never to forget, because if we take for granted the simple act of arising each day, we cannot expect to enjoy less... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I am Medicine Flower

(revisited) I am Medicine Flower, A-wo-di A-tsi-lv s-gi, named for the healing spirit of the warrior. Named for the berdache soul that caresses me. My touch blesses the wanderer, the lost and the fearful, giving respite to the weary and the pained. My bloom is on the morning frost and in the fiery... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Over the Shoulder Glancing

(re-print) Looking backward is something I do, but I shouldn't. There's plenty to remember, good things and bad. But that which is not inside me and brought forward is perhaps best left to rest in the bowels of the past. That which moves forwad with me is not in the past, but here on my journey. No... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Sipping Life on the Prairie

In the prairielands, the winds can drive you mad, the wide open spaces sucking your mind to boredom and drink. The world about me sometimes is too much, too wide and too windy to keep my ribbon shirt from carrying me off to a deep dark drink. As I sip, however, the world closes in and I see better.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 9, 2006

Birth Sounds

(revisited) Standing by the sea at midnight, I hear the waves and smell the salt and know it is the sea - although I see it not. If I were from a shouting tribe, I could scare the birds and echo over the foam with a loud call. But I will save that to detect a canyon in the dark, where echoes are... Sign in to see full entry.

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