Gratitude to our 4-legged relatives
With your soft warm fur
And your sometimes stubby, sometimes sinuous furred tails
Long pink tongues
Finely chiseled, gleaming, white teeth
And your handsomely crafted paws
You know who you are
You are a gift of the ancestors
You are the essential link to the 7th generation
7 generations behind us
And 7 generations in front of us
You are this present moment
Gratitude is more powerful than anger
Deeper rooted than fear
Don’t worry about what you may lose
Gratitude is what we choose
When we look in the mirror
Who do we see?
The faces of our 4-legged relatives
Happy being free?
With abundant Love and Bear Hugs,
“My Paw is Sacred.
The Medicinal Herbs are abundant.
My Paw is Sacred.
All things are Sacred.”
— Lakota Bear Healing Song, Frances Densmore, 1918, Teton
Sioux Music, 264
Paul Gallimore, Director
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
POB 369 Big Sandy Mush Creek
Leicester, NC 28748
Web Site: www.LongBrancheec.org