And it’s only wisdom and love
that your heart contains.
For you know if the tempter’s voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As it did to him when he went astray,
It might cause you to falter, too.
Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize, and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes,
instead of your own muse.
I believe you’d be surprised to see
That you’ve been blind and
narrow-minded, even unkind.
There are people on reservations
and in the ghettos
Who have so little hope,
and too much worry on their minds.
Brother, there but for the
grace of God go you and I.
Just for a moment,
slip into his mind and traditions
And see the world through
his spirit and eyes
Before you cast a stone
or falsely judge his conditions.
Remember to walk a mile in his moccasins
And remember the lessons of humanity taught to you by your elders.
We will be known forever
by the tracks we
Take the time to
walk a mile in his moccasins.”