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Askuwheteau meaning he keeps watch was a French speaking Indian who came 
from the Algonquin tribe head aching from braids he lay down his long hair and sit 
propped against a tree not far from the wigwams he lived in there he played his 
flute to soothe his tired mind watching for any signs of harm to his people he had a 
knack for spotting out shadows of other beings well before the figure came into 
focus but this particular night was calm and peaceful knowing this he played with an 
echo enticing the spirits to come and dance for this was a rare occasion where there 
need be no worry of attackers to pleage them his people not far hearing the joyous 
celebration skipped across the woods to join him song turned to feast and feast 
turned to stories being told around a new built fire feeling eased and secure no 
need for shelter they soon fell into a heavenly slumber

Contest : Tell His Story
By: Virginia Frayer

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  1. Date: 3/22/2011 1:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on the tenth place win in the contest of Constance, Virginia

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 12:29:00 PM
    Remarkable storytelling, Virginia! Congratulations on your deserving win in the Contest! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 11:54:00 AM
    Always a pleasure to see you in the top ten, Virginia. Congratulations on your worthy poem's honored tenth place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 11:25:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win Virginia in Constance's contest " Tell His Story". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 9:22:00 AM
    Such a great story, Virginia. Congratulations on your win in Constance's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 9:14:00 AM
    Many congrat's on your WIN, Virginia. Wonderful story. Lainie

  1. Date: 3/22/2011 12:31:00 AM
    Congrats on this winn virginia.

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 11:46:00 PM
    my happy cheers to you for the special win, virginia :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 3/21/2011 8:35:00 PM
    Congrats Virginia on your wonderful win in Tell His Story contest with this stunning write luv.. enjoy your top ten success...

  1. Date: 3/19/2011 10:38:00 AM
    OK must say this is a fine way of emancipating poetry from limited traditions

  1. Date: 3/16/2011 7:50:00 PM
    Great work, Virginia. I like his French name -- I think there were other tribes that allied with the French as well. It is easy to imagine from the picture that he slipped off into the night to "soothe his tired mind" and find some peace. Also appreciated the uplifting ending. Wishing you success in Constance's contest! Thanks for your comments on The Most Vulnerable. There are already people calling on Congressman West to run for president. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/12/2011 9:08:00 PM

  1. Date: 3/11/2011 4:31:00 AM
    Nice narrative on a French Indian, nice interpretation of the picture, Virginia

  1. Date: 3/10/2011 9:29:00 PM
    Thank you for supporting my contest, Virginia, a very good poem inspired by the image~~