After Wounded Knee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 1, 2009
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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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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violeteyes said...
Sept. 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm
So I know you're just trying to get recognition for your poem, but you have just posted the exact same comment on every poem on this site. It's kind of like spam. Just saying. By the way if you didn't bother to read the poems you comment on, you should, they are actually amazing. k bye
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm
This was so well done. You're a fantastic writer. If you don't mind, I'd love to hear your opinion of my poem Broken Structure. Cheers. :)
InkWriter13 said...
Jun. 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm
WOW! This is so vivid, so clear, so defined, so real, so alive. I LOVE your writing voice, diction, and style. It speaks with such a declaratoy, revealing tone that sets the world into a new perspective. LOVE it! Beautiful and sad, wonderful poem. Would you please read and comment on my poems titled I am the Mother of War? I would really appreciate it! :D
curlygurlray said...
May 2, 2012 at 11:51 am
emilar said...
May 2, 2012 at 10:25 am
This poem was amazing, I love the flash backs of the experience it parenthesis. The similes and verses were good. Keep writing.
LovelessWriter1090 said...
Apr. 10, 2012 at 7:23 am
That's good. I've learned about that and a little of that flows in my veins.
Bookworm1997 said...
Feb. 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm
Great job! I learned about this in school a few months ago.
recurring_resilience said...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Good poem but misplaced I think. Historically in indian history "Wounded Knee" was a massacre in whicn only ONE baby survived.. Did you intend that?
recurring_resilience replied...
Jan. 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm
Sorry I missed the little authors note.
GirlWhoWrote said...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm
I loved it, very beautifully written. Please check out my work!!!!
sunnyallday said...
Aug. 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm
great job! at first I didn't understand the title, but then after reading the author's comment it made a lot more sense :) 
chrissie_star said...
Jul. 21, 2011 at 10:08 am
 great poem !! do you mind checking out mine? its called "possibilities" tell me what you think :)
ArcaneGhost said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 10:14 am
Ha! I usually can't deal with poetry, but I love when things are explained like that in parenthesis. Thumbs up.
IamtheshyStargirl said...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

A whisper on the wind from a soul afraid to speak, for fear of shattering the glass of discovered beauty.

KatnissLupin said...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm
that's the best poem I've read in a while!
l.iney said...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm
This is really good and I love the work you put into it. Your an amazing writer and I would love to have your feedback on some of my pieceson the site! Awesome Poem!
emoticon said...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm
I thought it was okay I have seen better
ArcaneGhost replied...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 10:15 am
I haven't.
Treckintime said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I really liked this. A lot of people are saying imagery but it's true the imagery is great. Can you please comment on my work?


writerwriting said...
Jan. 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm
I liked this; you have really good imagery:)
If you have some time, I would love you to check out some of my work on this site.
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