Thank you to All My Avid Readers

Thank you to All My Avid Readers. Thank you for making this website successful. Remarkably, the number of minutes spent reading the posts is greater than the bounce rate number. Yesterday was typical. The average time spent on  was 5 minutes and 46 seconds. My bounce rate was 4.93%.

Thank You Also to My Sources

So much about this website surprises me. I never know what I’ll be writing about at any given time. Over the years, I’ve written book after book on aspects of antiquity. I sense that the American Indians and particularly the Lennie Lenape tribe have been my mentors. Perhaps the following versus best describes my method. It is an excerpt from “On the Prowl“. The source is my book. “The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. I modeled after the title “Black Elk Speaks.

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The poet’s is the prowl
Looking for his prey
Seeing which subject
He’ll write about today

He beats the morning Sun
To catch beams of words.
Sometimes his eyes are blurry.
The hour seems absurd.

He trods the lonely road
With pen and pad in hand
And his trusty walking stick
Over stone and dirt and sand.

He sees and hears what’s there
And plucks it for his own
Most uncommon to man
All organically grown.

Finally, Who was Black Elk?

Heȟáka Sápa (Black Elk) (December 1, 1863 – August 19, 1950) was a wičháša wakȟáŋ (“medicine man, holy man”) and heyoka of the Oglala Lakota people. He was a second cousin of the war leader Crazy Horse. Black Elk is perhaps most well known for the books written about him by amateur ethnologistJohn Neihardt. Black Elk met him near the end of his life. Neihardt wrote about Black Elk’s religious views, visions, and events. Neihardt published his book Black Elk Speaks in 1932. The words of Black Elk have since been published in numerous editions.  There has been great interest in his work among those who have wanted to learn more about Native American religions.

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Fingers of Fog moving quickly, Gliding across the lake- From the Oquaga Spirit Speaks. Happy Autumn!


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