Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership

See and share Beautiful Nature Photos and amazing photos of interesting places

Quote of the Day

Quote Left"The harder you work, the luckier you get."Quote Right

by Gary Player

  |  Comment

Today Is A Good Day To Die

Kelly Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled Today Is A Good Day To Die which was written by poet Kelly Deschler. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

Read Poems by Kelly Deschler

Best Kelly Deschler Poems

+ Fav Poet

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.

Post Comments

Please Login to post a comment
  1. Date: 11/29/2013 11:15:00 AM
    Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara

  1. Date: 11/27/2013 5:34:00 AM
    Congrats on your beautiful poem and great win, Kelly. G.

  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 !!