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A Navajo Prayer Song
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Let me be clear: I didn't write this song. When I saw it at the Anasazi Museum at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, I was so impressed that I copied it for the introduction of my novel, Anasazi Harvest.
R. Leland Waldrip


Today I will walk out, today everything evil will leave me,
I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body.
I will have a light body, I will be happy forever,
nothing will hinder me.
I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me.
I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me.
I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful.

In beauty all day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons, may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With dew about my feet, may I walk.

With beauty before me may I walk.
With beauty behind me may I walk.
With beauty below me may I walk.
With beauty above me may I walk.
With beauty all around me may I walk.

In old age wandering on a trail of beauty,
lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty,
living again, may I walk.
My words will be beautiful.

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Reviewed by Reg Klubeck 5/20/2011
The bulk of this is a paraphrase of "St. Patrick's Breastplate"
Reviewed by Alyce Speck- Clarke (Reader) 5/21/2009
That is a simple powerful prayer and here is another one for you (by the Navajo):

O you who dwell In the house made of the dawn,
In the house made of the evening twilight . . .
Where the dark mist curtains the doorway,
The path to which is on the rainbow . . .
I have made your sacrifice.
I have prepared a smoke for you.

My feet restore for me.
My limbs restore for me.
My body restore for me.
My mind restore for me.
My voice restore for me.

Today, take away your spell from me.
Away from me you have taken it.
Far Off from me you have taken it.

Happily I recover.
Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily my eyes regain their power.
Happily my head becomes cool.
Happily my limbs regain their power.
Happily I hear again.
Happily for me the spell is taken Off.

Happily I walk.
Impervious to pain, I walk.
Feeling light within, I walk . . .
In beauty I walk.
With beauty before me, I walk.
With beauty behind me, I walk.
With beauty below me, I walk.
With beauty all around me, I walk.

It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/19/2007
A beautiful prayer--well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/29/2003
I can see why this poem touched you and why you included it with your book. Wow! Great words to start the day with.
Reviewed by jude forese 5/29/2003
well done!
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/29/2003
This was a nice song to share. Thanks and now I walk. GEM
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/29/2003
With beauty all around us may we walk on..
And I will walk my beach once more!!

Love this one....its a keeper!!
Reviewed by Dove (Reader) 5/28/2003
They are the most in tune souls of mother earth..That is why I followed them for two years, to learn the shaman ways and still need a million more years for me to learn..It is beautiful prayer you have placed in their healing words upon this world once more for all to see their spirits of earth...Lovely, Leland..You inspire me with all your writings..

Peace,
Dove ~
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 5/28/2003
Oh it is beautiful thank you for sharing this with us.
Reviewed by Robert Blackwell (Reader) 5/28/2003
It should be a great novel with this intro. Thanks for sharing it.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 5/28/2003
Thank you so much, Leland for sharing this finding. I needed to hear it this evening and will carry it with me from now on. Thank you...
-Bear
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/28/2003
It's beautiful too.

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