This poem is called "The Invitation". It was written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Her first name coming to her in a dream and Mountain Dreamer given to her by a Shamanic Healer. She is not an Indian Elder nor is she an American Indian.
Life should not be a journey to the grave... primitive wood sign
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, tottaly worn out, screaming "WOO HOO. What A Ride!