a Red Soul and his horse (Native American First People's Contest with image prompt)
| "Two Warriors Sent To Save The People"
Warriors, both horse and rider, donned in buckskins
and adorned with feathers, beads, and paint
set their pace in a quest to stretch boundaries for The People.
Ancestors, the Old Ones who came long winters before,
whispered great truths and sent dreams to this chosen one
to lead his families out of a land of poverty and despair.
Spirit lessons accompanied each enduring footstep
across allotted unwanted and unforgiving barren country.
These two brave souls traveled alone in search for the strength
found on forested mountains; the gift of beauty and tranquility
in every meadow; the magic of the water song in clear streams
and rolling rivers; bold stories told by the four-legged;
and joy in the wind dance, as celebrated by winged creatures
skimming along canyon rims and diving playfully to the colorful
depths of sacred land. Red Ancients spoke these possibilities.
Every drum-beat and moccasin-step memory from the village
resounded in his traveling mind's eye and heart;
a gift of courage to continue on the journey with a vision
of finding the land of hope and prosperity for The People.
Campfire smoke with sage and sweetgrass sent prayers
of thanksgiving to Great Mystery, the Creator. And tobacco
offerings to the Star People for guidance and navigation.