ani yun wiya

Copyright 2011 Wendell G. Sweet               ani yun wiya                          Written 07-16-11 (In Prison)

Ani yun wiya

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(Cherokee, loosely, means – The Real People – Indians)

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In time I will become you and you will become me… … …

The stones beneath my feet are alive… The soil that covers the naked rock contains a part of all the peoples of the Earth… The Fish… The Birds… And our four legged brothers…

We all have the same failings… And the same potential within the same bodies… Walking the same Earth… With the same ideas… As well as the same lack of imagination…

The trees breath the same as we do… They compliment our needs as we compliment their needs… We were made to live in harmony… One with the other… Not as enemies…

The same sun that warms us… Warms our mother earth… Provides the means for all life… Shines upon the moon in our darkness… So that the moon can shine upon us…

The waters that the moon moves are the same waters that nourish us…Give us life… The same life they give to our brothers the fish who swim and live in the waters… And our four legged brothers that walk upon the land with us…

We are subject to the Creator… Nothing is subject to us… All living things are equal.. None is valued above another… None fall without the Creator being aware…

Death is only the beginning of something else… Another life, just as that new life is only the beginning of death… It is a cycle made by the Creator for all the creatures of the Earth…

If all that you are goes back to the Mother Earth you will always be… A part of you will live in a part of everything, just as a part of everything lives in you…

We are one people… With one Creator… One Earth…

In time you will become me and I will become you…

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I wrote this for my Native American brothers who accepted me and taught me about The Creator, our Purpose, who we are and how we should live. I chose the title from a loose Cherokee translation because it fit what I was trying to say…

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