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Song Of A Cherokee Princess -

Cherokee chamber,
where a pow wow stampeedes preconceptions of inheritence,
from Her beaded neck charms of chance & chains of change
glisten from opulent offerings of roots, corn & lavender ablaze
on an alter of unworked stone mantled with skins strong beasts knew,

She is a " Stomp Dance " Queen with an owl as a friend and a spider as assassin,
with rattlesnake ribbons around Her wrists and prayers in Her braids thick with traditions,
the walls of Her teepee painted with the pigments of buffalo blood & sunflower pollen,
portraying a history hewn from customs known to Spirits and men alike,
the " Stomp Dance " Queen speaks for Her People and sings from the stars,

I found this Tribe, not in Appalacia nor on a prarrie stage but in the smoke of ceremony,
the Cherokee Princess has rattlesnake teeth tied to Her thigh & turtle shells upon Her hips,
She played the rabbit on the scene, then the wolf, if you know what I mean,
celebrated by the warriors as a tomahawk maker,
praised by the medicine men for Her Visions,
and feared by the Elders because of wrath that may follow Her steps,
the " Stomp Dance " Queen is a Princess, She is a Cherokee with a song Her own -

J.A.B.

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  1. Date: 1/29/2013 10:49:00 AM

    Justin...I am awe-struck. You have captured so much...I must fav it respectfully ... So grippingly transcending... Big hug deb

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 1/29/2013 1:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for the honor Deb, and the hugs - imagination weded to inspiration, and the products they provide are some of the few real treasures in my life, and I'm elated that these works are treasures for you too - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 10/28/2012 1:11:00 PM

    Such beauty and imagination blended into reality of the way things were in those days of Indian lore and love

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 10/29/2012 11:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Elegantly stated Anne - traditons and imagination in combination make for a powerful force - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 10/19/2012 7:08:00 AM

    Thanking you today for your comments on my writing Justin. I hope you have a very pleasant weekend and I wish to see more of your work next week. Love, Carol XXXX

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 10/19/2012 5:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I hope you enjoy the views Carol - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/16/2012 12:00:00 AM

    hi Justin, stopping by to see if you have a new poem... please! please post another poem. Before I am tempted to read your poems all over again. Not that I mind.. I just want you to brighten my day with your powerful poems. I always double read your poems, I love giving you my different point of views on your poems. I'm glad you do not mind. :-) Stop and say hi when you have a new poem. I will drop back in on Monday,, always~ PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 10/3/2012 11:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PD. you bring alot of joy & inspiration into my life - you are like secret knowledge - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/14/2012 9:29:00 AM

    Sweet song to my ancestors, Justin! This is very descript with her costume of turtle shells and rattlesnake teeth!!! Saving this one for my favs and so tickled that I ran across it at bfast today....my husband giggled and said, "this one reminds me of your mom!" My mom was the ultimate-looking Cherokee woman with her deep dark eyes and high cheek bones...enjoyed! gwendolen

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/15/2012 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thnaks for the FAV honor Gwendolen! The "Stomp Dance" Queen's attire is the keystone to the poem, so nice that you recognize that Gwen - I'm glad that this piece is complimentary to your Mother - something interesting to consider is that there are more Native Americans alive today then there were during the colonial conquests of N. America - J.A.B. %
    R. Avatar G. R. Date: 9/14/2012 9:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I echo Lizzie's comments below...we still treat our Indians poorly! Shame on us.
  1. Date: 9/13/2012 2:39:00 PM

    Sadly, the color and energy of this wonderful vision has faded into the past. Canada has not treated our indigenous people well and now they have no identity and don't fit into our way of life. I love the sounds in this Justin.

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/15/2012 11:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I appreciate the historical perspective you present here Elizabeth - A realize that is positive for the traditions of Native Americans is that they had the benefit of having their original customs, unadulterated, preserved on film and with photographs from the mid 19th century through to the 1920's - meaning, their descendants and the world possess actual visual & audio evidence of their People in their natural, ancient state of being, something people of European ancestry do not have - there are no photos or films showing the great ancient German tribes, the Roman, Dravidians, etc..
  1. Date: 9/12/2012 8:23:00 PM

    you make this very real, as if you were right there. WERE you?? I had to see this one because my great great grandma was Cherokee and my mom once likened me to a cherokee princess!!

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/12/2012 11:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As a child I attended a few Pow Wows, and with a child's imagination the Indians always seemed like strange and powerful spirits with the way they manuevored and sang - this composition is about a woman I know, half real and half ghost - by all means then Andrea, this piece is ment for you as well - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 9/11/2012 8:55:00 AM

    Well i for one, cannot confess to any knowledge of tribal situations, but this poetry is a good place tto start, the poem is heart rendering, and a pleasure to read, and yes i get the message, thank you Justin.

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/11/2012 10:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm very glad that I can stimulate an interest for you in the powerful customs of the Cherokke rituals performed through their dances - Ultimately this poem is about the magic innate in women - thanks Harry - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/10/2012 9:26:00 PM

    wow Justin, i'm now re-reading your comments.. I see lots is going on. I see you captured the readers here. God job ;-) i feel a bias experience here. I love the passing stampede image. I see everyone on the bottom is correcting your art.. All i see is beauty within a song you mastered through words. Nice to read this one again... always~ PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/11/2012 10:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am not suprised that you have connected with the spirit of this composition PD. - the inspiration is founded on the dangerous enchantment that women in a ritual performance can induce in searching men - I thank you for your respect my Sphinx - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/10/2012 9:20:00 PM

    Hi JUstin, i read this poem already.. I even commented this poem... I wonder if i clicked of the poem, instead of validating it.. I remember commenting the painting in my mind. WOW...i really am wondering on to what happened to my comment. Well, I will comment this poem again... always~ PD

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/11/2012 10:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The more the merrier PD. - your sentiments are always a pleasure! I thank you my Sister Of The Quill - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/10/2012 1:34:00 AM

    Powerfully invigorating poem, Justin. Very fashionably discriptive and unique. Thanks for sharing. ^^ ~And thanks for the insightful comments on my stuff. Always, Laura

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/11/2012 10:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm happy that you are sensitive to the adornment aspect to the Queen of this poem Laura - your attention to that detail is important for me, its such an integral part of the piece! I thank you for writing material so rich with Life and originality Laura - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/8/2012 3:22:00 PM

    Well put scene Justin; I could almost have been there..." yours Joe..)

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/9/2012 11:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Joe - I thought you were - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 9/5/2012 10:55:00 PM

    "Her braids thick with traditions", she sounds like a woman one might find in the smoke of a sweat lodge, where a Shaman presides. Love the energy and velocity contained by this write! With your descriptive imagery, one can almost picture this scene. Nicely done! love, Mikki

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/6/2012 3:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad that you mention velocity, or tempo in regards to this poem Mikki; I wrote this to be more of a song rather than a poem, so tempo was an active element in my creative process here - I'll take this woman anywhere and anyway I can find Her Mikki - I love your insights Mikki! Thanks - J.A.B. %
    Loveless Avatar Jay Loveless Date: 9/6/2012 9:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your comment totally just inspired me. But if my computrer dosnt stopeffing up im gona thrw it...itwonttypee
  1. Date: 9/5/2012 12:25:00 PM

    lovely Justin,seems as if you got some of her visions,lol,great write

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/5/2012 4:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Richard, we do share visions - thanks for the respect - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 9/5/2012 12:13:00 PM

    Wooow, love it - well done Justin. -You are the prophet of your own poems. Have a great Wednesday. - Oxox love Anne-Lise :)

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/5/2012 4:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I may be the prophet Anne, but She is the source! I appreciate your congeniality, and poetry Anne - J.A.B.
  1. Date: 9/5/2012 10:50:00 AM

    This is a fresh poem, Justin. I am feeling this one. Love the "Stomp Dance" Queen -- the whole poem is good, but I am truly digging(all the way to China?)the last 5 lines.

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/5/2012 5:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah Chris, I felt this rythem and vision as a song, and thats exactly what I'd like to do with this composition - I made this piece as a lyric to be played to music - thanks for celebrating this write Chris, its a special piece for me - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/5/2012 10:30:00 AM

    I wish to comment on this in depth, but as of a recent tragedy that befell me as of yesterday I find my heart does not have enough energy for words...I love this write very much however. Thank you for sharing...Wa Do (Thank you)

    Loveless Avatar Jay Loveless Date: 9/6/2012 9:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It did make my day much better. Along with feeling the presence of my puppy with me, and the cowboys slammin victory over the giants last night! God I love Football!! (:
    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/5/2012 5:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Godspeed to you my friend - I hope this work can lift your Spirit Jay, it is ment for your intensity and fighting ways - tragedy teaches truth, and truth teaches us about love, love teaches us about trust - J.A.B. %
  1. Date: 9/5/2012 4:45:00 AM

    WOW! This is some write, that i have enjoyed very much. Thank you for sharing this with us. I also thank you for reading ( A Woman Sat On The Rocks ) Lucilla

    Bordner Avatar Justin Bordner Date: 9/5/2012 5:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The pleasure is mine Lucilla - your poetry is like memory that gives color to legacy - I am happy that you found excitment in this poem - J.A.B. %