The Calling


The fire is dancing tonight and the winds are talking
Dancers from past lives enter the circle
Leading me back and forth through the history of myself
The mind searches as the spirit dances The drums...dancing to the heartbeat
Memories of long ago insights to the future
I hear the winds whispering my sweat lodge dreams
I see Sungmanitu tanka (the wolf) my guide He shows me the ancestors, not mine
They are not Lakota, or Tsalagi, or Iroquois
But they are all Nations, one Nation
Speaking with wisdom to share with each other Yesterdays create todays and promises of tomorrow
The lies will die with the smoke
And the whispers of the winds are clear and loud
And we shall all see the return of the buffalo

(C) Gerald Fisher

  • Invite your indigenous self to take a place in the circle? What wisdom does he or she have to share with you?

  • What animal guide would join you? Write about your animal guide, reflecting on their wisdom and gifts.

  • What insights from long ago are needed now?

  • Write a poem, beginning with the words, "The fire is dancing tonight..."