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since 1999-06-19Posts 2462
O' Trail of Tears, thou cast a cloud of shame,
In Choctaw blood, upon the white man's name,
Eighteen-thirty, in the year of our Lord,
The proud Choctaw people died not by the sword,
But greed and deception, the white man's way,
Led to destruction, no words can convey,
Loss of a nation, once mighty and proud,
Forced in a death march, no mercy allowed,
Women and children, fell dead by the side,
The year of our Lord? How many hath died?
Little Dancing Rabbit Creek; forever
Shall history revile thee, as was there,
The Chiefs of the Choctaw Nation they came,
Were promised lush forests, lands full of game,
As long as grass grows and water doth flow,
So Jackson promised to force them to go.
The Chiefs and their warriors, leading their tribe,
On paper that talked, their marks did inscribe,
Five Civilized Nations, five tribes became,
Civilization, what horror thy name.
System of government, codified law,
Merchants and businessmen were the Choctaw,
Many were Christian and owned their own land,
They aided the white man with helping hand.
"Conveyances" promised, money to start,
A life in new land as Choctaw depart,
Ten million acres traded for ten,
Property sold by "honorable" men.
"Papered" Indians, the Senate's solution,
"Peaceful Progress," white man's absolution.
Seminole, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek,
Joined Choctaw brethern, a new home to seek,
Commenced "Tear's Trail," toward setting sun,
To land called "Red Man," the shame had begun.
Manifest Destiny, God doth decree,
Onward and westward, the land of the free.
To Oklahoma, the Choctaw were led,
Alkali pits, land barren, unfed.
The Choctaws they mourned, as the earth turned red,
By tears of their blood, they wept for their dead.
[This message has been edited by Mike (edited 07-03-2000).]
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since 2000-02-04Posts 2919
New York, USA
Wow Mike, Very powerful piece, very well written, wonderful read. Bonnie
since 1999-12-27Posts 3263
"Civilization, what horror thy name."
You probably already know how I feel, especially by my "Auburn Tears". This is outstanding, you know.
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?......Henry David Thoreau
since 1999-05-26Posts 22612
Magnificent! This story is so tragic..man's inhumanity to man in full force! Voting....
since 1999-11-06Posts 42384
Florida's Foreverly Shores
This one talks to my heart.
~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
since 1999-09-21Posts 28049
Mike, this is so very well done...You know you have my vote.
since 2000-01-15Posts 2034
A stark reminder of the truth that is an embarassment to our nation.
since 2000-01-22Posts 18554
perfection and compassion for a cause
from your poets pen
What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly
~Butterflies are meant to be free~
since 1999-08-22Posts 22648
Outstanding indeed! Very well done, Mike!
since 1999-06-10Posts 444
Yes, I admit your general rule. That every poet is a fool:
But I myself may serve to show it. That every fool is not a poet.
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