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Moccasins souls weep for my clotted blood line

I can see my soul leak threw thin strung rawhide

Ancestors famously weep for me in modern time

Struggling to mix me like cheese with cheap wine

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Oh grandfather would they release me if knowing of our name

That I have you buried in me like an old Indian game

All roads traveling now bare both our names

Rebecca Rolfe stood on the Appalachians plateau

Allegheny Blue Ridge made her feel more at home

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In pink bonnet tall in the evergreen trees

Years following behind the uncovering

Bear fur man on whimpering blood leaves

Stood alone in this American disease

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Indian maiden my great grandmother

Bloodlines burned in white hall then covered

Weeding the free from us human beings

White washing redskins in a theater scene

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Trying to hold an ancestry name

Present day mother had it changed

Hiding the last of our traveling shame

A century later no more buffalo games

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Trails we once blazed now set to graze

In the tiring knot of a red feather tie

How can I lose what I’ve always gained?

A great red and white Indian grandfather’s name

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Pocahontas-Wahunsunacawh

I paint your words onto the clouds great one

Great fire dances are illegal now and can’t reach the sun

 No great spirits are allowed to gather as I am the only one  

So I’ve given the last of our blood to my whiter city son

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Fallen Clouds

Of the Human Beings

After him were all gone

Were all done- I coming home!

Oh great one

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I enjoyed this poem. It's well written and conveys the sense of abandonment and shame that has marked the Native American experience.

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I really liked the first stanza. Great job

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And I have to ask are you on a rhyming kick?

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Yes- but I don't want to be- this had few rhymes when I started but by the time the re-write was complete I noticed I did it again. God I'm sick of it!

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More than a thank you Joshua, for this platform to shine a light on the single most mis-treated humans on earth. America nearly made the greatest human beings ever to walk this continent disapear, and still today the US goverment has not...

More than a thank you Joshua, for this platform to shine a light on the single most mis-treated humans on earth. America nearly made the greatest human beings ever to walk this continent disapear, and still today the US goverment has not adequately responded to a genocide worst than that commited in world war II. My people were slautered-shuned-raped-murdered, and then put in desolation or camps without food or hunting privileges to shrivel and die. "Here in America" It is the black spot that gets no spotlight because of its shame. We hear about the injustice of hispanic-african american-womens rights and so many others- None which come close to our tradgic story. Go figure. A race that teetered on extinction.

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Well done my friend

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I love the flow of this one, the rhythm and rhyme are strong but not so over structured that it's all you feel when you read it. It's such a heartfelt subject too. You've really captured a sense of conflict between who you are and who you were...

I love the flow of this one, the rhythm and rhyme are strong but not so over structured that it's all you feel when you read it. It's such a heartfelt subject too. You've really captured a sense of conflict between who you are and who you were told to be, the denial and rebirth of a cultural heritage.

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