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Cold The Winds Did Blow

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Marge Tindal
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Cold The Winds Did Blow
~Marge Tindal~ 1999

Cold the winds did blow
on the Trail Of Tears.
The tears froze on the faces
of the ones I hold so dear.

Across the plains herded
cold, hungry and wet.
Cruelty awaiting the slowing
of their step.

From the homes that they had known
to a land so far away,
a sad remembrance
to our heritage today.

How could the men who led this nation
have possibly understood?
How could they have dictated
that this journey be withstood?

Thoughtless men with hearts of stone
sent the Cherokee on their way ...
to a death they surely knew was coming
along the Trail Of Tears that day.

If this is the heart of America
then, please, spare me the applause,
for the leaders of the country
who my peoples demise they did cause.

Write the history books
and do not change the facts.
You can't undo the Trail Of Tears ...
you can't bring my ancestors back.

You can give them back the land
you took from them in shame.
You can cry out your atonement
but you can't undo the shame.
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*For Elizabeth ... and for my heritage.

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~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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© Copyright 1999 Marge Tindal - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-28-1999 03:59 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Can't undo the shame indeed. Well said, Marilyn
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Marge,
Balladeer, has said it all.
A wonderful poem.
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Yes, Marge, just wonderful.

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Denise

Marge Tindal
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George - I mean Balladeer ... thanks, I think. Well ........
Love Marilyn ... er, I mean ~Marge~
Got those blondes on your mind? LOL !

Seymour - Thanks for 'wonderful.' Thanks for 'Marge'.

Denise - Thank you for the read my friend.
Thanks for 'Marge'.

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Elizabeth Santos
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Marge,
You can't undo the Trail of Tears, but now you are opening it up to us. Thank you for that
Elizabeth
Marge Tindal
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Elizabeth -

You've many miles to walk
with this friend upon The Trail.
I know that you will hear
the Cherokee as they wail.

Your heart will surely break
but I'll be here to share the tears,
when you see the torment wrought
that lingers through the years.

Thank you, my friend ... for beginning
the longest walk of my life, hand in hand
with me.

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Powerful piece.....Thanks for sharing this with us Marge....

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!

Marge Tindal
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Thank you Pepper. If I do nothing else with my heritage poetry ... I hope it serves to simply remind us all of what terror was wrought to cause the tears and what peace lies ahead.

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Beautifully stated Marge....you've doen well in expressing this
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