His skin is tanned and wrinkled
But his eyes are bright and clear.
His voice has a slight waver,
and it is getting harder for him
to hear.He walks with anunfaltering step,
with a strong and purposeful stride,
And everywhere he goes it seems
there are young ones by his side.
He tells them stories of yesterday,
of the heroes of days gone by,
he tells them stories that makes
them laugh and some that make them cry.
He teaches them abouttheir People,about their
culture and tradition,He teaches them honor
and respect for the Creator and all creation.
But the best lesson that he teaches them
is the life he lives each day. For no matter what
confronts him,no matter what comes his way,
The Elder faces life with the reality that what
is meant to be will be,He lives his life with
dignity,He lives his life with pride.His life
reflects the balance and the peace he has inside.
The Elder smiles as he watches the young ones
run and play,For he knows that because of them
his People will have another day.