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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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dragonfan said...
Oct. 21, 2009 at 9:35 am:
this is great. It is an amazing poem. Keep it up!
 
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Jamaal B. said...
Sept. 29, 2009 at 12:29 pm:
Oh i was wondering why you used puncuatinon towards the end of the pome and not in the begining i think you either use puncuation througout or just not use it at all
 
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EmilytheAuthor This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 1, 2009 at 2:53 am:
glad to see i'm not the only one moved enough by that massacre to write about it. keep it up!
 
Black Heart replied...
Sept. 29, 2009 at 10:27 am :
I agree. I write about war sometimes. I even dream about it. Most of the time I'll take that dream and write about it. I makes it more realalistic. You're a poet so keep it up!!!=)
 
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relenanite said...
Jun. 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm:
This poem Is really amazing. It actually puts you there in that place, as if your standing staring into the warriors face-grave, sad, feirce, and proud. It makes history mean something again. But I also agree that the parenthesis are distracting, and also, even though I love the line "the number of warrior souls you stole" and think it definately has an important place in the poem, it's a little off balance wear you put it, almost like changing your character refernce of the warrior, and thus... (more »)
 
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Quita said...
Jun. 21, 2009 at 10:31 pm:
this is good
 
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Kiersten.p.o said...
Jun. 9, 2009 at 1:24 am:
hey this is really good. i get the meaning, but i think i have to agree with "CressFerria" the parenthisis do take the attention away from the rest of your poem. i still like your poem. it has a certain... spark :)
 
CocheInteligente replied...
Sept. 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm :
I also agree. Perhaps you can italicize those lines instead of using the parentheses? It won't look the same but it has about the same meaning.
 
Elockwood replied...
Sept. 30, 2009 at 10:15 am :
It is in italics in the actual copy of the poem, but Teen Ink does not let you submit things in italics. Because of that, I had to differentiate the lines in some way, and parentheses were the only way I could think of.
 
CocheInteligente replied...
Sept. 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm :
Oh! That's good to know. Thank you for informing me.
 
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Miz.Independent. said...
Jun. 4, 2009 at 1:55 am:
Wow!! you're a great writer,this is deep.. never stop beleiving in yourself your dreams WILL take you far. Good job
 
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amyxu said...
May 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm:
I was just browsing Teen Ink website and I came across your poem. Good work! The imagery is all there and the cultural aspects of the poem are piercingly worded!
 
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RheaD.Ravenfinger This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 14, 2009 at 11:50 pm:
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I love this poem! I do! I do! Craziness! Oh goodness! I love it. FIVE STARS!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good. I could go on and on . . . . !!! YEA!!! You're an awesome writer!
 
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Courtney.Firestone said...
May 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm:
I don't think I completely understood this... But I really like it anyways!
 
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Jaquie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 5, 2009 at 12:20 am:
Deep.
Good bless,
...,
 
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RachelW. said...
May 3, 2009 at 11:01 pm:
this is good
 
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Firefly said...
May 3, 2009 at 9:35 pm:
This is an amazing poem
 
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Sarah-Lou said...
May 1, 2009 at 12:32 am:
I'm a poet from Indiana too! Keep writing.
 
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Greek311 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm:
Simply Beautiful
 
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CressFerriera said...
Apr. 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm:
Would be excellent, except for the fact that the phrases in the parenthesis are distracting from the poem's greatness
 
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