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The Flute Sings, A Dakotah Tribute

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The Flute Sings, A Dakotah Tribute

Through closed eyes, I see what has become of your land.
I hear flutes, blessings drifting across a land filled with
highways and stoplights, never silenced.

Through closed eyes, I see children screaming and running,
smoke from soldier's muskets settling upon their fallen bodies.

Through closed eyes, your drums still beat, Warriors still dance,
and strength of your Elders lives on.

Through closed eyes, flutes are heard,

                                 and Spirits

                                           never die.


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  1. Date: 11/29/2013 11:07:00 AM
    A poem that needs to be read and heard..Congrats..Way to go!!! Sara

  1. Date: 11/27/2013 6:11:00 AM
    I have gone down to the creek and sat atop the hill overlooking the creek and feel what it might have been like for the Indian tribe which occupied this land(probably the Cherokee)..Enjoyed reading your work about the Indians of your area..Way to go ..Congrats.Sara

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  1. Date: 11/25/2013 9:22:00 PM
    James, awesome poem... . Congratulations on the win... luv~ Linda

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 8:44:00 AM
    Absolutely stunning! Congrats on a well deserved win. There is nothing like the music of a cedar flute. My husband plays one.

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 9:59:00 PM
    Congratulations on this fine win, Jimbo

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:53:00 PM
    great poem Jimbo congrats on win Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:01:00 PM
    nicely penned...I liked this one...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 3:50:00 PM
    Well told Jimbo, each line speaks of a futility.. An emptiness of the consumer reality achieved..? Good to read today..'

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 3:49:00 PM
    Congratulations Jimbo....nice job....

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 3:15:00 PM
    Such rich culture all but destroyed. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 1:51:00 PM
    I loved this poem , Thank-you for entering ! you deserved this win !

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 11:30:00 AM
    Jimbo you wrote this in such a way that I want to read it again and again and glean more insight with each read. Well done. Huggs deb

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 2:31:00 PM
    this is amazing Jimbo, a wonderful tribute to a wonderful culture....

  1. Date: 12/30/2012 12:23:00 PM
    In some quiet times, I have imagined an Indian tribe living upon the land on which we live..This work brought back those thoughts to me..Enjoyed reading your great work honoring them..Sara

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    Date: 12/30/2012 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I do enjoy seeing those little Nuthatchers..They get one seed and get upside down on a tree to eat that one and then get another one..Sara
  1. Date: 12/26/2012 8:53:00 PM
    A wonderful poem...JIm.....pd

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 12:01:00 PM
    Jimbo just great...David

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 7:19:00 AM
    grew up near the Blue Mounds ( SW minnesota)--just a 10 minute walk from my house...and have heard those drums since I can remember...and twilight is a time of magic... Lovely piece....thoughtful and poignant

  1. Date: 12/26/2012 6:00:00 AM
    Lovely poem ... James !!! - Thank you for year 2012, many good poems and nice comments from you! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)