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The Circle Of Life
by Larry Kibby

Oh Great Spirit Of the Indian People
Hear my words For they are words that come From the heart, soul and mind.

Oh Great Spirit Be my eyes, Be my ears, Be my heart, Be my soul,
So that I may walk With dignity and pride.

Oh Great Spirit Of the Indian People
Know of me. For I am of your people. I am Indian, An Indian of the Circle of Life
A prisoner of War In my own Land!

Oh Great Spirit, Of the Indian people,
Hear my words For they are for you. They are of you. You are my way of life
In the Circle of Life.

Anywhere is the Center of the World
Black Elk (Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux)

Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy...

But anywhere is the center of the world.

Tree Spirit Prayer
by Hanoochi

Great Spirit, Mountain Ancestors, All My Relations, Blessings be here today as I come before you Honored One.
You have seen many sunrises and sunsets upon your branches,Your sacred roots have been quenched by life giving rains.

Honored Tree Spirit, I give thanks to you,
...for the singing birds that you shelter
...for the music you sing in the breeze
...for listening to the voices of the creatures
...for echoing the ancestors strength

Respected One, I ask your permission and humbly request your presence for my guided purpose as Great Spirit directs.

All things belong to you, Creator, all things are sacred.
So this day I honor you Tree Spirit and humbly Thank You.

Mitakuye Oyasin

Hanoochi: A Stars Poetry Collection
Original prayer/poem by Hanoochi ©