Sheila Williams ~ Singing Cloud
Once the world lay in calm beauty frozen, dark, and soulless, caught between times of trouble, breath held in hoping that this time it would be different as the two legs climbed back from their disaster, from world to world they had traveled though Mother Earth was the only planet.
Time after time the humans have risen, treasures found and rehidden, lessons taught by the few who held true understanding, of what life was supposed to be and never learned them, Creator each time from love taking pity and believing these people could live in peace together sharing.
Thawing would come of both world and spirits, promises made between man and Creator that yes, this time there would be no warring, accepting with grateful hearts the warmth of Grandmother sun and the new plants growing, Father Sky would clear, and the four winds return the seasons.
For long and long the need to work together kept them honest and humble, respect of all the things that are greater, learning from the birds, finned, and plant peoples, the four legs gifting life and clothing, being part of the all was most important, controlling others held no power.
Worship of Creator held every heart, knowing who and what one was, where one belonged were the things that mattered, play, laughter and loving became a part of living, teaching the children who came after for the races survival, sharing all in equal measure meant that all were kin in every way.
Each time some small part was saved from the time of before, and those lessons passed down in every family, laws to live by and hard learned lessons for living, wise ones held these great secrets trusted each generation for teaching, held sacred and holy they were the only leaders.
Memories of what could be and what would be if humanity did not remain humble, each time the climb was shorter, each time recovery was quicker, each time mankind fell harder, each time they took more of life with them in their tumble, each time they destroyed more of Mother Earth.
Perhaps the secrets should not be told, of what was and could be, perhaps if the climb was harder, perhaps there is no hope of changing what will be, perhaps the hearts of man cannot control their own wantings, perhaps their need to be Creator is stronger than their goodness?
Once an old woman told me, only so many chances will be given, she said the Circle has turned so many times since the true beginning, and still mankind is not understanding; they dig and hunt, cry and beg for answers of what once was, but are too blind to see they are already here before them.
A dance began in this climb, a tender balance struck and then fell, Mother Earth now rebels, and not one hears or listens to the secrets, not one holds sacred the trust between man and Creator, we tremble now on the edge, the turning point is long gone as those few weary spirits prepare for this fall.
I watch in humble silence too tired now for fighting, keeping my promise to those who came before, but knowing in my heart it is over, the battle has been lost and so few are crying, as the heat rises I know, soon the world will lay in calm and frozen silence, hoping, praying, this time……
©Copyright August 24, 2008 by Sheila Williams ~ Singing Cloud