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0 posted 2000-07-03 09:38 PM

                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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1 posted 2000-07-03 09:53 PM

Wow Mike, Very powerful piece, very well written, wonderful read.  Bonnie
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2 posted 2000-07-03 10:29 PM

"Civilization, what horror thy name."

You probably already know how I feel,  especially by my "Auburn Tears". This is outstanding, you know.

~ Claire

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3 posted 2000-07-03 11:06 PM

Magnificent! This story is so's inhumanity to man in full force! Voting....
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4 posted 2000-07-05 06:04 AM

This one talks to my heart.

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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5 posted 2000-07-05 11:25 AM

Mike, this is so very well done...You know you have my vote.
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6 posted 2000-07-05 11:46 AM

~~nice writing~~
A stark reminder of the truth that is an embarassment to our nation.  

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7 posted 2000-07-05 12:17 PM

outstanding writing
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~

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8 posted 2000-07-05 10:50 PM

Outstanding indeed! Very well done, Mike!


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9 posted 2000-08-07 12:42 PM


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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