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Author Name: FreeFireHam 6 Comments
Date Added: November 28, 2009 12:11:17 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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My name is "FAITH"
Cherokee Legend - A Boy Becomes a Man

For a boy to become a man, there is a task he must endure.
Bravery and faith is needed for his rite of passage to secure.
At dusk, his brave father takes him into the forest deep.
He must endure this test alone and is not allowed to sleep.

He is told to sit upon a stump and a blindfold is placed over his eyes.
Alone in the forest and blind, he must remain there until the sunrise.
He cannot cry out and if he survives, his manhood will be cast.
His whole life he has been told great stories of generations past.
Naturally terrified, the boy hears all sorts of wild beasts all around.
Exposed to the elements and unable to see, only intensifies the sound.
The wind blows cold in the darkness, yet the boy sits, still and brave.
He must complete this task, not wanting his manhood to deprave.
At daybreak, the sun finally pierces the darkness and chased away the night.
He removes the blindfold and across from him he sees an unforgettable sight.
The whole night his father had been there protecting him from harm.
Quietly he kept watch over his son, not wanting to cause any alarm.
Through this dark night, have you learned about "FAITH" my brave son?
Though you did not see me, I never left and your manhood has been won.
Just because you could not see me, did not mean that I was not there.
By faith, not by sight, walk. I will not leave those, for whom I care.
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Comment By: Freemaggie lopez sherry wilbur on April 30, 2010 09:06:40 AM Report
hammy i love this very much and its going into my favorites. wonderful and so true. hugs and kisses sherry/maggie
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on November 29, 2009 09:55:13 AM Report
Wonderful story I love every thing you write...have a great day ...
Comment By: FreeLORETTA PITILLI on November 28, 2009 08:16:22 PM Report
 At a time in our world where there is no rite of passage, your words are a true inspiration.  A boy learns form and direction towards the next stage of his life and his father is given the privilege to share his wisdom with his son.  Thank you for bringing back a legend that is rooted in faith and integrity.  Lovely write Loretta
Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on November 28, 2009 04:40:47 PM Report

What an inspirational poem!  That is a true testament to faith.

Comment By: Freee. Gene Myers on November 28, 2009 01:29:03 PM Report
I too have heard the story before.  True or not, I don't know and don't really want to know.  I believe it is a great story either way and one many people could learn from.  Beautiful write      Thank you    gene
Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on November 28, 2009 12:17:46 PM Report
I have heard of this legend....a wonderful poem that contributes much to the topic of the week... and the meaning of faith.


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