Poetry By Chuck



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Great Spirit in the sky
Where am I
My arms are streached
for your eyes
Am I lost
in the land of never to be
Perpetually searching
 for that warrior in me

Great Spirit in the sky
 take me away to die
If I cannot be myself
 then I'm living a lie
My heart is courageous
and it beats deeply inside
From your light
Great Spirit
  I will never hide

I will accomplish
great things in my life
I will not shy away
nor step aside from its strife
To my father
hear me when I call
Strengthen my heart
to lift me when I fall

To all those who came before
Track me to my door
For I am here
Waiting for you to appear

I will not let you down
I will not gaze
at the coyote's frown
I will fly
with the eagles flight
I will win my life's fight

Author notes

Native American Culture refers to the Coyote at the beginning of their people.   This poem attempts to explore their feelings when seeking spiritual advice.

Written December 28th, 2003


  • Beautiful write, one that speaks a very true and deep message of the self. In my opinion no one is truly alive unless they are living life as themself, no one else.
    A wonderful piece of work you've created and good luck!

  • Frogzter
    February 22, 2005
    I think this is a wonderful tribute to the Native Americans way of life. It is very vivid and packed with imagery galore. Nice work and good luck in the contest.

  • Runawaytrain
    February 18, 2005
    Very interesting piece. I have a great affinity for Native American culture. Thank you so much for entering.

  • Araina
    September 23, 2004
    This was amazing, especially that second stanza. Very powerful. This is a beautiful poem, thank you for writing it.
  • Nicole Hanna
    September 23, 2004
    This was beautiful. The picture you have accompaning this is wonderful, but the poem was definitely strong enough to stand on it's own. The last four lines were my favorite, definitely. I can't say I know a lot about Native AMerican cultures, but this poem portrays a great deal of beauty and wisdom.

  • Fool no1
    March 15, 2004
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    Wow! what more can i say. Raven Aurora has spoken for me too. Thanks Raven and thanks chuck. Excellent write. Peace.

  • Almighty Aphrodite
    January 27, 2004
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    Beautiful  I have always had a deep fascination with Native Americans and their culture. They are so connected to nature and the world around them. Wolves, coyotes, eagles, ravens, bears... these are some of the many animals which are claimed as Great Spirits or founders of tribes. I even read up on one tribe that clamed the moon was its mother. This is very lovely and eloquent, and breathes a sense of worship into this piece. Good luck to you!

    Many blessings,

    Raven Aurora 

  • Chuck Johnson
    January 5, 2004
    It was and is.

  • wishintreeUK
    January 5, 2004
    Another beautiful write from you Chuck... this reminds me of an Indian Prayer I wrote, I will have to find it and put it up on AP Love this stanza Great Spirit in the sky., take me away to die.
    If I cannot be myself, then I'm living a lie.
    My heart is courageous and it beats deeply inside.
    From your light, Great Spirit, I will never hide.
    the ending stanza is spot on
    I will not let you down.
    I will not gaze at the coyote's frown.
    I will fly with the eagles flight.
    I will win my life's fight.
    its like your very own special vow to your Great Spirit... well done!!!! Katie