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Crazy Folk

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Crazy Folk

It's never explained
why she and her son were spared
in the raid on their homestead
It drove her insane
and her boy became a mute
She sent him off with Johnson

Now she was revered
as 'big medicine' and 'touched'
by the Great Spirit to walk
in the unseen realm
Living in parallel worlds...
One of the chosen people

The Crazy Mountains
in the state of Montana
were named in honor of her
by Crow Indians
Repect the mentally ill
(They may know something we don't)

***The 'crazy woman' from the movie Jeremiah Johnson - 1972
with Robert Redford, Will Geer and Allyn Ann McLerie as the woman
The movie is based on a true story


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  1. Date: 11/29/2013 3:35:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

  1. Date: 11/26/2013 3:53:00 PM
    Tim , This is a winner ..I am reading through all of these again! I was gifted from the start with all these amazing poems , you were another ..I just realized whom I gave a winning poem and was seriously having a bit of confusion , on where do I place this poem ~ You are a Gentleman ~ Thank-you. My Uncle filmed that film .

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    Date: 11/26/2013 3:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I was lucky to actually go to the real "Universal Studios " when My Uncle filmed many , Mash , Jaws , I met so many interesting people . Alan Alda ! Of all Charlie's Angles, I loved Farrah , yet Jaclyn Smith was striking , she came right up to me , Farrah had quit by then .Another story or poem ~
  1. Date: 11/26/2013 12:03:00 AM
    this makes me want to know more about this medicine woman. Do you love westerns as much as my hubbie does? I bet you do!! Congrats. It's nice to see you on the list..

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 9:52:00 PM
    Tim, that was nice of her.. You had an HM last night. Glad she moved you on up..Your poem is awesome... xox..Linda

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 7:40:00 AM
    Congrats on a well deserved win. This is a well crafted poem that does justice to a classic movie.

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 10:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on this fine win, Tim

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 5:32:00 PM
    well researched and written Tim congrats on placing Shadow x smile hug

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 5:22:00 PM
    Congrats on the H M here Tim, I must see if i can get a copy of that movie. joe..)

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:52:00 PM
    It's true. The crazy people were sacred for the tribe. Well written poem Tim. Jeremiah Johnson was the best movie of RR. G.

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:15:00 PM
    Oh love that movie...skin this one and I'll bring ya another pilgrim!!!!..hehe...nice poem Tim...congratulations

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 4:14:00 PM
    nicely penned poem, enjoyed reading it and your explanation at the end...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 3:32:00 PM
    Not fair you never even say the woman's name who was the woman? let me know cher? Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/24/2013 2:46:00 PM
    Congratulations ! Thank-you for entering , I think some have been offended by my choice , but I see all as winners ~ I hope you understand this is a well deserved win !! Thank-you .

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 10:19:00 AM
    Congrats.

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 3:19:00 AM
    hi Tim well penned congrats on win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 12:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your winning spot Tim, love it xx

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:26:00 PM
    You got me curious to see this movie. Yes...respect. Those with mental illnesses are often those who are most creative....Van Gogh...Allan Poe....me! ;) HA HA! Thanks, Rim for this lovely poem, and congrats on your WIN! Yea...I told Craig off too. Check out my comment on your post to him...HUGS

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:02:00 PM
    wish I knew of the movie.. . CONGRATS <3 SKAT

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 8:22:00 PM
    Hi Tim, finally I'm here, and not shopping at Sam's Club,,, lol.. anyways~ , thank you for supporting my contest... CONGRATULATIONS.... :-) :-) :-) LINDA

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 1:05:00 AM
    That is one of the things which I have come to love on the soup: I'm learning about different poetry forms and poets' new interpretation of the styles. This is a great piece and congrats on the win (I came a bit late to the table).... :-) Regards, Suzette

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