Native American Lore Day and Night

A long time ago when I was a little girl
I heard a story told by my family about
a Cherokee tribe who once believed it 
would be better if there never was night.

The great creator heard their mournful plea
and took away the night and now day time
it would forever be. Soon the heat took its
toll and plants from the heat did not want to

Once again the tribe asked for relief but this time
of the light and spoke out loud to the creator for it
to be always night.

Darkness came upon them and still plants would
not grow. Warmth had disappeared and it was
always cold. Never a warm sunrise to meet and
little by little, nothing left to eat.

Once again the tribe spoke to the creator and asked 
for the day and the night to be as it should. The weather
became more pleasant and gardens started to grow. Hunting
was good so there was always food to show.

The tribe thanked the creator for making every thing good
and they forever lived in gratitude for the blessings of this world.
I heard those who passed away during these times of change
the creator placed their souls in a new creation called
the cedar tree. They are now protectors of this tribal family.

So if ever in the forest and you smell a cedar near, know your in 
the presence of those who lived long ago here. 
The loss of perfection is hard to comprehend until it no longer
brings to one a fruitful end.

Now do I believe that this story is true? Well they say a piece of cedar
tree holds powerful medicine for protection. I still have a small piece
I have carried since I was 11.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 4/25/2017 9:52:00 AM
Had tp go back and read this poem again. Have been to Cherokee in North Carolina times. A beautiful countryside and streams. Jim Horn
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Sharon Gulley
Date: 5/18/2017 12:41:00 AM
Thank you so much, Jim. I appreciate you sharing you journey's with me. I too love the Cherokee Mountains.
Date: 4/15/2017 6:36:00 PM
Hello Sharon!! Happy Easter Wishes from Ingrid and me!! I dropped by for a moment to take a look at your latest posting here. This one is a wonderful narrative for sure. The Native American Indian lore is the real heart and soul of America. I'm in awe of your story and narrative here. SEVEN/FAV!! (I will stay in touch. I've been in and out of Poetry Soup of late, working on other projects.) Again, all the best from Ingrid and me!! Cheers, Gary
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Sharon Gulley
Date: 4/17/2017 11:41:00 AM
So very nice to hear from you and Ingrid Gary. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment on this write. It was for me a joy to share it. Looking forward to speaking with you and Ingrid more soon. All my best, Sharon
Date: 4/8/2017 9:34:00 AM
Such an awesome and beautiful story. Wonderful write Sharon. We should all learn that the Creator knows best. God bless.
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Sharon Gulley
Date: 4/17/2017 11:42:00 AM
Thank you so very much Vincent for you sweet comment. Yes, I too have always believed he knows what is best.
Date: 3/7/2017 8:58:00 PM
I have no cedar, but I believe
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Sharon Gulley
Date: 4/17/2017 11:43:00 AM
Hey there Jerry, so very nice to hear from you. Hope Easter was good for you & the family. I myself ate way too many eggs. Ha, ha, ha. Thank you for stopping by to leave such a sweet comment. Sharon
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Sharon Gulley
Date: 3/11/2017 7:49:00 AM
: ) Jerry, Thanks for the comment.