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Poem of the Day > 269 With a Broken Wing - Chief Plenty-Coups

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message 1: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments I see as in a dream
the dying spark
of our council fires,
the ashes cold and white.
I see no longer
the curling smoke
rising from our lodge poles.
I hear no longer
the songs of women
as they prepare the meal.
The antelope have gone.
The buffalo wallos are empty.
Only the wail of the coyote is heard ....
We are like birds
with a broken wing.

message 2: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments I have read quite a lot over the years about the tragic history of the Native Americans and I find this very moving.

message 3: by Lee (new)

Lee Beautiful.

message 4: by Laurel (new)

Laurel | 1486 comments Mod
This is good, although very sad. Should read some more about the Native Americans - any recommendations Hilary?

message 5: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments I think Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West is THE book to read. But I recently read Once They Moved Like The Wind: Cochise, Geronimo, And The Apache Wars which had a great effect on me. In fact I couldn't stop talking about it to anyone who was prepared to listen. It describes the final battles with Cochise and Geronimo which effectively brought to an end the whole battle of the Native Americans to live their traditional life in their own land. While I can accept that there was probably atrocities on both sides it just seems that might is right always wins. Incredibly sad. (But by god the Apache gave them a run for their money!)

message 6: by Laurel (new)

Laurel | 1486 comments Mod
Sounds fascinating - I'll keep an eye out for it thanks :)

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