The Path Inward – Native American Poem

Read this powerful short poem by a Native American Quinnipiac sachem. For anyone concerned for the rights of America’s indigenous people, this book is important.

Iron Thunderhorse was imprisoned in a Texas penitentiary–wrongfully, as many believe–in 1978. Since that time he has been repeatedly tortured by the guards.

Despite his mistreatment and the unjustness of his hopeless position, Thunderhorse maintains a strong spirit. Here is his poem:

You must listen
with believing hearts
to the sound of
the wild things.
All good souls
follow
the path
inward.

From Following the Footprints of a Stone Giant: the Life and Times of Iron Thunderhorse, by Ruth Mahweeyeuh Thunderhorse (Infinity Publishing, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Ruth Mahweeyeuh Thunderhorse.
From Following the Footprints of a Stone Giant: the Life and Times of Iron Thunderhorse, by Ruth Mahweeyeuh Thunderhorse (Infinity Publishing, 2007).

21 comments

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Knowing oneself is a vital step to happiness

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ANA MARIJA R4 years ago

I love this poem...:)

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Val M.
Val M4 years ago

Beautiful poem. Thanks.

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Rachael Pappano
Rachael Pappano4 years ago

I love it, it's really beautiful.

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Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

noted

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Rosemary G.
Rosemary G5 years ago

Most Americans and the rest of the World is completely ignorant of the plight of the Native Americans and the largest Genocide, cultural and physical ever perpetrated in our Human animal's history..
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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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Bon L.
Bon L6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

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Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec7 years ago

beautiful poem! you may be in prison, but your spirit is free! may our hearts beat with indigenous peoples. may we learn from their heart's wisdom. God bless you, Iron Thunderhorse!

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Susanne Dawn P.

My heart cries for the Natives. As a society we should be ashamed! Free Leonard! TY, noted

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