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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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Audrea15 said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm
Very unusual but great please please xheck out my new stuff
 
iflyawesome replied...
Oct. 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm

no offense or anything, but why is this so amazing??

i know the same could be said for my work (seeing as it took me all of 5minutes to write it) but this doesnt amaze me as much as it does others... ?

 
sleeplessdreamer said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Really unique. I loved it.
 
armygirl4larsen said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm
fantastic. it left me awe struck. great job
 
notw said...
Feb. 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm
that was reall deep that was awesome
 
LuLu95 said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm
this is a GREAT poem i loved how you use parentheses
 
FrySnickerdoodle said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm
This poem is so gorgeous. The use of colorful language is incredible.
 
dancingdaisies said...
Jan. 17, 2010 at 12:38 am
tHERE IS A GREAT USE OF LANGUAGE, BUT I DON'T GET IT
 
scarletP said...
Dec. 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm
see, if they read this to us in class i think i would have wanted to learn more about this battle. wonderful.
 
Discover This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm
That was beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous!
 
Book Addict said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm
I love this, you put it together in an amazing way. Painting a picture of a moment in american history that most would rather leave behind being the horrible nature of the event, but you wrote about it. It's amazing!(:
 
sasssgirrrl22 said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm
this is amazing. u set this horrible time into a great perspective. awesome descriptionz. keep writing!! ;P
 
despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm
This poem was absolutely gorgeous! I love how you took an event and molded its meaning into your peace of flowing awesome-ness (for lack of better words) :) Great job!
 
gaypiratebooklover46 said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm
This was a really great poem i am really bored at school and there for had nothing to do. It really helped me get out o my bordom!
 
jmc.13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 10:04 am
Really beautiful phrasing. I loved your word choice and use of parenthesis, it added a lot of depth.
Great work!
 
Biiknn replied...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm
I don't understand the use of parenthesis? Is that grammatically correct?
 
Elockwood replied...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 7:08 am
Since this is a poem, whatever the poet wants is generally grammatically correct. Take E.E. Cummings, for example. His punctuation is definitely not grammatically correct, but it adds a lot of depth to the poem. In this, the parentheses are used to set apart certain lines.
 
siaradodds said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:28 am
it is an amaizing poem
 
tomtamtimmy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 12, 2009 at 3:43 am
you have loads of talent. good work
 
.:al3na:. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 5:48 pm
thank you for highlighting the ongoing struggle for those of the first nations. Your writing is strong and this poem was very meaningful to my Lakota roots. Once again thank you and keep it up, my friend.
 
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