Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Legend and Poem: Feeding the Beast

Artist JohnnyLee –

I heard this Cherokee legend at a talk I went to last night.   First the legend and then a poem I wrote tying in some of the themes. 

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Legend

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. 

He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside each of us. 

One is Evil. It is filled with an unforgiving spirit and is prone to anger, hatred, bitterness, envy and greed. 

The other is Good. It is full of peace, love, kindness, empathy, generosity and forgiveness." 

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?" 

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

Feeding the Beast 
Red hot coals
for the angry beast
in me,

I shovel, I stoke,
I keep the flames alive,

I feed the beast
with searing heat,
seeing not the
gentle stream so near,
seeing not its peaceful path
around the rocks,

my task is clear,


yet evermore it
asks for more,
and more,
until my arms grow weak,

I kneel by the shore
and weep,

the cooling water,
my cleansing tears,
 wash over me,
run through me,
quenching my thirst,
quelling the flames,

the beast cries out
with a mighty roar,
“I’ll hate no more.”
and then it's


  1. I like this one a lot!

    But I'm finding I need to feed the computer beast TWO words now instead of one to proove I'm not a robot. Libby

    Actually, its four. For the second time my first words don't work. These letters are REALLY hard to read!

  2. Agreed, they are really hard to read, even with my 'reading' glasses to assist me. I'm glad you made the effort and I appreciate your kind words and feedback always! xoxo

  3. Rita, I'm catching up on your posts--LOVE the legend and your post!

    Gives a new twist to "Beauty and the Beast"...

  4. Thank you DawnGes. I was very moved by the legend. It's nice to draw inspiration from such a profound message.