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Today Is A Good Day To Die

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Today Is A Good Day To Die

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"

Tribal drums beat along banks of the river,
White mists drift upon the turquoise-blue,
They take their aim with bow and quiver,
Ready to fight for a purpose, free and true.

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"

Into the heart of battle they will ride,
Mounted upon a fearless palomino horse,
Lead by their ancient spirit guide,
He courageously braves his course.

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"

Blood-stained fields of dry autumn maize,
Was predicted by spirit guides to happen soon,
A golden sun rises in the morning haze,
And sets on darker days of many moon.

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"

Written for Shanity Rain's contest - "Native American People"

Note: "maize" is a Native-American word which means "corn".
"O-ka-hey" was a battle cry from the Sioux Indians, 
it meant "today is a good day to die"
I am not sure of the spelling of this phrase.
If anyone knows the correct spelling, I would greatly appreciate the help.

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  1. Date: 1/6/2015 3:47:00 AM
    Hi Kelly. I plan on reading a lot more of your poetry. You have a great understanding of life and a very special way to put it in to your poetry. This is a wonderful poem and a pleasure to read.... Robert.

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 1/9/2015 12:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Robert, I am so glad you've enjoyed reading this poem. I truly appreciate your kind comments. Thank you so much!
  1. Date: 11/29/2013 11:15:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

  1. Date: 11/26/2013 3:18:00 PM
    Kelly , I am reading through all these choices again , and truly I say ,these are amazing poems. I am not sure 10th place is good enough could have easily been a 1st , as the others , This is a fav ~

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 11/27/2013 2:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Shanity! I was not upset with my placement at all. Of course, we all want to win, but we can't be first every time! I am thankful for any placement that I might receive. I think we take these contests too seriously sometimes, when it is just supposed to be for fun! :)
  1. Date: 11/26/2013 1:28:00 AM
    A very powerful write here, Kelly... Written with great honor. :o)

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 9:27:00 PM
    Kelly, a nice win... Very deep and pretty... . Congratulations on the win... luv~ Linda

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 8:15:00 AM
    Congrats on a well deserved win

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 10:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on this fine win, kelly

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 5:10:00 PM
    good poem Kelly congrats on win Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:29:00 PM
    nicely penned poem Kelly...congrats on your fine win :)

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:14:00 PM
    Well done on this well deserved winner Kelly, Very well scribed..' Joe..)

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 3:54:00 PM
    This is awesome...dying proudly ...congratulations

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 2:09:00 PM
    Congratulations ! Thank-you for entering my contest , this is an excellent poem , a well deserved win .

  1. Date: 11/21/2013 10:17:00 PM
    Good writing, Kelly, I feel a strong affinity for these gentle people who only ever fought in self-defense and self-protection. Indeed a proud nation. Good luck in the contest, my friend. Licia :-)

  1. Date: 11/21/2013 6:09:00 AM
    Reads like winning material to me..Enjoyed reading this one today..I am glad that I chose it for one of the ones that I will be able to read..Sara

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 4:37:00 PM
    This is a really great write Kelly, like most of your poems. It would be nice to understand life Like the American Indians do, They are wonderful people...Peter

  1. Date: 11/13/2013 5:26:00 AM
    I think you have a strong contender here, SP. Strong imagery and emotion; wouldn't be surprised if you didn't take take top spot :)

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 3:16:00 PM
    Your repeat line, only accentuates the fierceness of the cry.....this is wonderful !!