Native Man – Haiku

*image source:

Great Spirit Father – Choka

*image source:

Sweet Lullabye

*image source:

The Native American Indian Lived

(image source:

Long ago the Native American
lived as a proud Indian

Earth was their Mother
wildlife were sister or brother

Great Spirit in the sky
Father to which they cry

As round the fire they prance
performing their rituals in dance

To beating of a drum
were the chants they’d hum

Understanding the true enormity
of living life in harmony

Together a tribe would band
to care for their land

Grateful for Mother’s yield
from wildlife to field

They lived not in haste
and nothing went to waste

And ‘twould yet be so
if white man didn’t show

Up on their shores
while carrying diseased spores

To spread across the land
and massive lives demand

That once it was begun
the Native Americans were overrun

As no warnings we’d heed
they became a dying breed

With the land in devastation
forced to live in alienation

In the place that did belong
to the Native Indians all along!

Teresa Marie  12/13/11   ©

The Proud Native American

One day I saw a painting
of a Native American face
looking strong and proud
full of beauty and grace

And it made me think
of this noble people’s plight
just to retain their heritage
has been a constant fight

I see those same traits
in my dear husband Mark
etched upon his handsome face
with skin tanned summer dark

He’s proud to have the blood
of a Native American lineage
and I think of long ago
when they’d have called him savage

I cannot help but feel
that it’s a crying shame
what once was done to them
in the guise of Jesus Name

For God had created them
just the way they were
and truly do I doubt
He saw them as unpure

I’m proud to be the wife
of what was once termed “breed”
for him I’d give my life
if he were in any need!

Teresa Marie  8/6/11