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You still wear that old war paint
(angry lines slashed above your eyes)
I can feel you waiting for the battle to come
(spikes of red staining your cheeks)
There are no pawing horses now
No painted hands on their haunches
(the number of warrior souls you stole)
No noonday sun beating on bare backs
No smell of sweat and leather and bravery
Puncturing the familiar woodsmoke
(breastplates of porcupine quills, feathers in hair)
No ululations of war, yelling at fear
No singing, no dancing, no tribes, no homes
(scars left from the struggle free from the sun)
Just a drum drum drum beat
(a piece of flesh left for the Great Spirit)
Piercing through dreams.

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Rhoswen said...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm
I liked it.
 
kysh15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 11:19 pm
this is such a powerful and moving piece. keep writing!
 
writergirl13 said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm
No!!!! This is not lame at all!!!! It's deep and it's meaningful! And I just want to say that it's incredible that a teen living a 120 years after the riots and crisis with the Sioux indians wrote this poem, and yet it sounds like it's from that time because it captures what happened so well! How is that lame??
Elise, please feel free to check out my work, I'd appreciate it. :)
 
writergirl13 replied...
Apr. 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm
I have a right to post what I want, and I happened to want to post a positive, encouraging message, because personally I actually liked it!!!! If you disagree, FINE!! You don't have to like every piece that you read, but you don't have to try to insult people who actually like someone else's work! And i've read a lot of pieces written in a similar style, and this one is actually pretty good!
 
MCRlover2011 said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm
eh, i woulda done something ya know... not lame...
 
RonBonRovi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm
........LOL
 
DYLAN Sessinos said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:08 am
this is the best poem ive ever seen
 
soccer4 replied...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:11 am
that is very cool im from IN too i live in hamilton county!!!
 
DYLAN Sessions replied...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:14 am
who is this
 
meyoubed:) said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:03 am
this is the gayest thing ive ever heard booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
NativeWriter said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:02 am
One day our nation shall rise again and all scares left by these vial men shall be lifted and as long as we stay true to the great spirits of this world they will return just remember their souls live on
 
NaTivE_BeAutiE This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Tell it like it is, NativeWriter :)

 

 
Fallen said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm
this is a great poem
 
BMMSKN said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm
THIS IS A GREAT POEM, LOVE IT! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
 
bmmszw said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 10:21 am
it was a great poem
 
bmmsta said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 10:10 am
it sounded cool but i really didnt get it....but it was pretty cool
 
bmmsmb said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 10:10 am
it was cool i liked it.
 
bmmseh said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:36 am
I really, really, really liked this poem! Keep on writing!!!!!!
 
BMMSKC said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:25 am
I could see everything you were talking about....love it
 
bmmsgk said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 8:37 am
i like how you said war paint was refering to blood in your poem
 
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