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I Am The Blood Left Standing

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Marge Tindal
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<~~~~~~I Am The Blood Left Standing~~~~~~>
~Marge Tindal~ 1999

I hear the voice of the Cherokee
crying out in the night.
I hear the voice of the lone wolf answer.
Is this also my plight?

On the horizon of many moons,
I see the legends and hear them speak.
I cry the tears of the Cherokee,
they run freely down my cheek.

You cannot take back
what you have lost ...
or what has been taken from you.
You can only ask the spirits
to somehow see you through.

For it is written in Cherokee blood
spilled upon the land ...
I am the blood left standing.
I hold the future in my hand.

I will not crawl or grovel
meekly this time.
But I will not be denied ...
that which is mine.

My forefather's left the spirits
to guide me to this place ...
perhaps to prove to you,
I am also part of this human race.

So look me in the eye,
meet my gaze forthright.
I am declaring my heritage,
my birth and my right.

'Finders keepers'.
'Losers weepers'.
I don't subscribe to this rhyme.
Return to me what you took.
Return what is rightfully mine.

I will not speak with tongue that is forked.
I know what I must do.
You do not 'give' me anything ...
I have earned my due.

Don't stand on your throne of empowerment
and claim how generous you've been.
The spirit guardian of the history books
know where you have sinned.

Unless you have the blood of the Cherokee coursing through your veins,
do not pass judgement on me,
do not with cursed accusations speak my name.

I am the love that lay in the hearts
of all Cherokee who walked the trail.
I am the love of the Cherokee
when I hear their spirits wail.

Take what you will, but remember,
I am protected like you.
And all the spirits of the Cherokee ...
speak with your God too.

God of the earth.
God of the sky.
God of the sun and the rain.
All the God's of the Cherokee ...
know my name.

I have summoned the spirits
to take mercy on your soul.
The spirits have spoken ...
the story is told.
<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>
Peace and Love <~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~> We Are One


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1 posted 11-12-1999 09:33 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

A very powerful, moving piece.
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2 posted 11-12-1999 09:35 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Marge this is marvelous. Very well done.

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I love hits one, gerat work!

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4 posted 11-13-1999 12:23 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

I can only add again a powerful piece, well done.
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5 posted 11-13-1999 12:59 AM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Yep, Marge...powerful is the word Yet there is still the poignancy that comes through moves the heart to know the true story. Your work is excellent!!

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"Tread softly, for I have spread my dreams under your feet"~~William Butler Yeats

Marge Tindal
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Ballader<~~~Thank you for powerful.
Denise<~~~~~Thanks for marvelous.
SD<~~~~~~~~~Thank you for great.
Seymour<~~~~For the powerful again my thanks.
Caroline<~~~For the excellent, my appreciation.
<~~~~~~~~~~~WE ARE ONE~~~~~~~~~~>

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7 posted 11-23-1999 08:34 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Exceptional work.
Michael
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8 posted 11-23-1999 09:03 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Having Cherokee in me, I want say this is a very powerful piece. Well done.

michael
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A very moving piece. I was enraptured, great writing.

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Wonderful
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Mike<~~~~~Thanks for bring this to the top for others to enjoy. Appreciate the 'exceptional'.

Michael<~~~~~Thank you my friend. Walk in peace.

Dusk Treader<~~~~~So very glad you enjoyed it. Written by the spirits in my heart.

Hoot - Thank you for your 'wonderful'.

<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Peace and Love~~~~~~~~~~~>

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