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What Is A Smudge Pot?

Do you feel good, are you ready?

You start with a Smudge, you get a pot
you smudge the Pot
You add a man, you add his story

His hair is long and it gets whiter
His knife hangs down, it gets longer
His stature grows, he gets taller

He starts with a song...
The language runs like music
Aho, amen ho tepe, lienappe
the language runs...

The Smudge gets older
The Pot runneth over
He becomes more of a Smudge pot
There is no sense in moving away from Smudge pot
but only to become more Smudge pot

If life is art
The work of fashioning ones own character
Than Smudge is the pottery shard of the earth

His look intimidates
He says "Taste the blade" from behind his glasses
Children come up to him unafraid

He leaps into danger when life is imperiled
He looks at death and trembles when the body gives up the ghost
Pulsating flesh in his arms, lighter by a soul

His wisdom flashes forth in beams of light
Kernels amidst a flood of heartfelt speech
The people learn from his Smudgwisdom.

He made a bet in a bar
Ended up strong arming both John Jameson
and that Dousekis guy
out of their bottles

He can snap up like a lightning flash
Get the situation under his control
Chattering magpies of people find themselves
stiffen up at his command

He can endure great pain
Work through great suffering
Volunteer and project force
No firearms required
Presence establishes order

His pen steadies in a sober hand
And writes lucid, clear words
Clarion calls to reason
Insights that cut like a knife
into the heart of human frailty
The flesh livens at the words
They sting!

The Smudge is the art
The human masterpiece
The work in progress
The character whose edges
are smoothed over by being made rougher
More distinct
The Smudge Pot ages into itself
Reaches perfection like old whiskey

The Smudge rolls on
Like a stampede of bison
Earth shaking under the feet
Looking straight ahead
No one can make the Smudge turn left or right
Or question its certain stride

The Smudge is the spirit of Man
The Smudge is the complete man
The smudge is man in all his flaws and all his glory
The Smudge is unashamed to be the naked Smudge Pot in the garden before the Lord
The Smudge Pot is the dying breed

We Honor the Smudge.

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Michael Nystrom's picture

We honor the Smudge


To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Smudge Pot is my cousin

Because~ Mitakuye Oyasin
I use an abalone shell for my smudge pot, but you can use anything, really.

Well done

I have been honored with his presence here. He has been able to smudge up the whole board and rid it of evil spirits. He has been the spiritual conduit to the ancestors. Both in his previous life and his current life. I would follow this wise peacemaker into battle if asked. Oxymoron? Not really if you understand our Native cultures. Thank you Smudge pot for your writings and wisdom my old friend from another past life.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Smudge Pot

Smudge Pot

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