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Hello's and Goodbye's--From The Native American

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Hello's and Goodbye's--From The Native American


He wasn't a homeless wanderer,for him do not feel sorry,
Owned vast lands in the prairies, his clans where roamed free.
They were hunters and warriors, the spirits they were guided by--
The elements from the flowing spring and to the mountains high.

Their footprints resonate with vibrancy in the vast lands,
Sole inhabitants for eons, their unique presence on sands.
Colorful paintings adorned their mountains and caves,
Carved animals- those spirits protected these braves.

And their hearts harboured kindness, held on to their trust,
But were hearth trespassed and souls pure, ravaged to dust.
Women sitting outside their tepee, weaving baskets of reed,
The warmth of the sun, where their bodies would be left to bleed

On a cold November, the old man winter spread his icy hands,
Looked on helpless, the Cherokee exodus from their lands.
Dragging their dreary frail bodies, heart braves,
Those mark the "Trail of Tears", the silent graves.
Promises false of white men, were treaties made and broken,
Not to fire one standing under "the Stars and Stripes"- the words spoken.
The hearts were torn open in "Sand Creek" as it happened,
The bluecoats open fired, all peace laws were slackened.

The natives were riddled with bullets, no tears left to weep,
Blood red on the earth brown, bodies lay in a heap.
It was never a war, which they were meant to win,
The troops were raised to kill, unaffraid of committing this sin.

The earth was their dwelling place, now their soul was bared,
Imprisoned  in the reservation camps, lives that were spared.
Those who wouldn't suffer in the camps,  for a life so demean,
Into death trenches jumped, piercing flesh went deep a skene.

Free their spirits, for ages now their souls homeless roam,
For the earth is still waiting for her children to come home.
As their legends around the campfires will be told,
Joining them in the bright flames, rise their spirits old.

((The sgian-dubh (/?ski??n 'du?/ skee-?n-DOO; Scottish Gaelic pronunciation: [s?k??n't?uh]) is a small, single-edged knife (Gaelic sgian) worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt.))

3rd place in the contest
For PD's Contest : "Hardest Poem Challenge"
My Assignment : Couplets ( 15 set or more)
      Categories: Funeral, Native American and Art
      Title: Hello's and Goodbye's
(done within the stipulated 3hrs time)

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  1. Date: 10/8/2011 3:27:00 PM
    Great spirited write Guatami, lost days and times, stolen from valid lives, this echoes to the taste that was..that now rests not on the tounge, and is not entered into anymore..for fear..for fear of what.? Freedom i suppose:)

  1. Date: 9/24/2011 11:30:00 PM
    oh so happy to hear from u Gautami.. have missed u so much..luv.. we are moving and it has been super hectic.. trying to move, write, comment and daily household stuff plus working..oh.. please keep in touch my friend... enjoy weekend..too..much luv..

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 5:16:00 PM
    Gautami- I was gonna hop the next plane to meet for for hot must be working very hard these days...drop me an email when you can. YOU WROTE THIS IN UNDER 3 HOURS? You got talent, KID! lol. Beautiful poem about my ancestory...your understanding of the topic is deep. Congrats on this honored win. Best to you and your family. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 7/14/2011 8:23:00 PM
    I sure remember this one and you did very well with all that stuff she threw at you. WAY to GO, Gautami!!

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 2:25:00 PM
    Many congrats on all your recent wins, Gautami : )

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 11:03:00 AM
    I am really smiling right now, seeing you with an awesome win with this Gautami! I sure am glad this got entered after all ^_^ way to go for you :D Super congrats!

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 11:01:00 AM
    The Native Americans were surely mistreated by Europeans who took over their land. ou capture the spirit of the Native American so well in this poem, Gautami. Congratulations on your win in PD's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 10:38:00 AM
    Right on, Gautami! Tough assignment here, through and through, and you came out with a strong, heartfelt poem. Congratulations on your win~!

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 7:16:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win! I'm so glad you got to enter this after all. It's a wonderful piece :)

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 5:01:00 AM
    Congratulations Gautami on your win in the "Assignment" contest of P.D. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 4:59:00 AM
    Congrats Gautami on your fantastic win with this dazzling assignment.. kudos on this write my friend.. where u been luv? hope all is well..

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 4:03:00 AM
    My congratulations on this win in the contest of p.d., Gautami

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 12:47:00 AM
    swinging cheers to you for the amazing award!! :) huggs

  1. Date: 7/12/2011 12:39:00 AM
    hi ! hi! ,Congratulations on a poem well done! Thank you for supporting my contest~ I sure enjoyed every entry,..p.d.

  1. Date: 7/6/2011 1:45:00 PM
    Well put togther and expressed Gautami, the evil in life is never satiated, by evil leads all the way to destruction (of the very soul) and can include the soul of a whole nation.

  1. Date: 6/30/2011 2:15:00 AM
    Good going indeed, to complete this compelling story within the stated time! Nice work!

  1. Date: 6/27/2011 10:53:00 AM
    A beautiful piece Gautami. I have a lot of the Native American blood in me. Sad, but true, they have suffered. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/26/2011 1:21:00 AM
    Touched my verysoul- tears brimming. Sensational writing, Gautami. Lainie

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 7:19:00 AM
    Nice write. Enjoyed.

  1. Date: 6/24/2011 5:15:00 AM
    Very impressive work..Reads like winning material..Good luck in the contest..Sara