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Mike
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0 posted 11-27-1999 05:38 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Mike

In the shadow of the mountains,
...lay a land of desolation,
...lay a land of deportation,
...lay the Sand Creek reservation.

Death chants of the Cheyenne warriors,
...flag of truce Black Kettle flew,
Hordes of locusts scourge the prairie,
...Soldier's sabres, coats of blue.

Sharp retorts of long gun's lightening,
...echoed forth the children's cries,
Barren lands of fruitless plains,
...stained with blood beneath blue skies.

Pounding waves of endless settlers,
...no way to stem the tide,
So Black Kettle ceded freedom,
...yet the Cheyenne people died.

In the shadow of the mountains,
...Silence of the white men's lies,
...Silence of the lone wolf's cries,
...Silence as the warrior dies.



[This message has been edited by Mike (edited 11-27-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Mike - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-27-1999 05:46 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent piece of writing, Mike! But there's nothing unusual in that! Very well done!

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2 posted 11-27-1999 05:47 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

History has it's tragedies. ytou have told it so well.

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3 posted 11-27-1999 06:26 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Mike this is Wonderful, enjoyed the read. yet so very sad.

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4 posted 11-27-1999 06:43 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Mike,
So vivid a picture you paint with wonderful verse and rhythm
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5 posted 11-27-1999 07:06 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

What was it you said - about not having adequate words for a response???
Mike
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6 posted 11-28-1999 12:36 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Thank you muchly... a lot of people are aware of Col. Chivington and the massacre, but are unaware that Black Kettle escaped and that he was killed in a massacre almost four years later to the day by some relatively unknown army officer and his men, a George Custer...
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7 posted 11-28-1999 12:48 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Very moving piece of history, told so well in your rhyme, Mike.
We must keep the stories alive for all to share.
Thank you for this beautiful telling.

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Excellent telling of a much needed to hear story!

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