The Lodge Is Community

The Lodge

A beautiful view on the way to Mount Jumbo, Missoula, Montana

The path I see,
Is clear and free.
I am escorted by spruce
Moving light towards the prairie.

The beauty of a Native American Dwelling, Heart Butte, Montana.

I am going to pray
The Blackfeet way,
In a circle of community
With Nature’s bounty.

Rattlesnake Creek, In the Rattlesnake, Missoula, Montana.

Flowing water like a river
Is powerful steam rising
Off sacred rocks
Heated molten by fire.

Sweet pine and herbs
Grace their surface,
Wafting heavenly scents
Up in smoke
To our Creator.

Prayers and song
Sent forth in communion.
We’re praying to God
To help us, each other,
And the earth,
Heal the suffering
In the universe.

In my prayers to God
A vision is made known to me.
It’s Bear and Eagle
I am opened to see,
So I thanked the LORD
And the earth
For helping me
In this community.

I love you Eagle
For showing me Bear.
I love you Bear
For hugging my heart
Exactly where
I needed it there.

A big, brown bear
With soft fur
Has saved me from loneliness,
A gift from the earth.

A Native American community
Helped me birth
In this lodge of prayer
On Blackfeet Land
In the midst of heaven there.

For me,
Bear is the power
Of communication within,
To help me unite
My mind and heart
More deeply again.

In community
We worked together
Crossing a cultural divide,
By praying for each other
Because God
Makes known to our hearts,
How to value our worth
And unite our ride.

We were blessed you see
In that lodge so steamy.
When we create with God
Everyone receives,
The animals, the earth, the trees,
And we.

Thank you Tom
And your community
For praying for me.

When I woke the next morning
My coffee and me
Went for a walk
Down a wooded path so free,
And there made of foliage
I saw Bear smiling at me.
Thank you Bear
For your gift to me.

Early morning at sunrise on a wooded path, Kalispell, Montana.

Do you see him there?
He’s in the center of the path,
A round face with bear flair,
Cheeks made of sunrise,
And a dark snout
As he would normally wear.
His ears are pine branches.
His eyes wear green glasses.
Gosh, if he doesn’t remind me
Of Yogi Bear!

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9 Responses to The Lodge Is Community

  1. danroberson says:

    My ancestors found the ground was good,
    As they loved and hunted in the wood,
    From lodge and fire the smoke curled high,
    As they gathered to call The Great Spirit by,
    Nothing could be killed without giving praise,
    Because they wanted the Spirit to guide their ways,
    And they knew in every tree, rock, and brook,
    Ancestors were waiting if they thought to look,
    Choctaw and Cherokee were not always friends,
    But in my blood their blood blends,
    In my visions I see with eagle eye,
    Where they danced and sang under the sky,
    Caretakers of the earth they were meant to be,
    Now the job is left to you and me.

    Cindy, I admire your spirit. Let your dreams and visions find truth.

    • Dan I really enjoyed this response poem! Yes it is up to us to pitch in and love the earth and help each other as best we can while we are here! Thanks for your kind comment! Cindy

  2. Ravenblack says:

    Amazing I do see the bear in that last picture. 😀

    Love the poem — spiritual and magical visuals in those verses. Sounds like an incredible experience you had with that community. 🙂

  3. tigerbrite says:

    I so enjoyed this beautiful post. Such inspired words and pictures.
    I can see your bear with his dark fluffy hair.

  4. wolfsrosebud says:

    An awesome Creator God is… so many hidden treasures He has given. Loved the teepee picture it was just beautiful.

  5. In many respects, we can look to our Native American Communities everywhere, and their great folklore, history and life to understand the importance of the Earth to mankind.

    http://www.blackfeetcountry.com/

    http://www.google.com/search?q=blackfeet+tribe&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ZRYUUMK8HdOQqwH504CQDQ&ved=0CHIQsAQ&biw=1440&bih=821

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