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Sketch a Character

I see the wrinkles in your suntanned brow,
You carried burdens then; you see them now.
You’ve heard the cries your people who in pain,
Have shed the tears two hundred years like rain. 

Your sad brown eyes, reflecting now the sky
I see the wings of eagles flying by
Beside you stands an Appaloosa mare
Her spirit one with you now over there.

You hear the drums, they bid you to come near,
Your spirit drawn the beats they ring so clear.
Song like prayers are chanted through the night,
Calling you come, and help them end their plight.  

Remembering a smile crosses your face,
When tribes were one with Mother Nature’s grace.
The lakes and streams flowing with waters clear,
Flow sadly now, the planet lives in fear.

The weightless feathers that adorn your head
Your tribes grey future weighed you down instead.
Now breathing deep you smell the winds of change
While here on earth your people rearrange.

Written by Brenda Meier-Hans 
10.21.2014
Gautami Phookans Contest:
Sketch a Character 

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  1. Date: 10/24/2014 9:41:00 PM

    This is a topic close to my heart. I hate what happened to the Native North Americans. I have an instinctive love for the people. Excellent job with the form. Straight to my favs.
  1. Date: 10/24/2014 8:59:00 PM

    Wow! Sure did like this gifted poem here you painted so dearly. Take care, Brenda... Eve
  1. Date: 10/23/2014 8:19:00 PM

    you did a great job with this one. I guess I should look into this contest that asks for iambic? Sure enjoyed the character you chose.
  1. Date: 10/23/2014 5:47:00 PM

    Beautifully worded.
  1. Date: 10/22/2014 8:37:00 PM

    It's a nice poem, portraying your character vividly,Brenda
  1. Date: 10/22/2014 4:10:00 PM

    You sketch beautifully!
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 4:41:00 PM

    Nice character sketch you've penned, Brenda. I enjoyed it! Nice use of imagery and form ;) GL in the contest! Love and light! xxxxoooooxxxx D.
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 4:20:00 PM

    Brenda, I love your poem about our Native American Indians. It is very sensitive and caring, and very sad. Very nice iambic pentameter -- a definite 7 for me. I know it will do well in the contest. Hugs, Sandra
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 3:17:00 PM

    Hi Brenda, you've penned a wonderful portrait of change for native Americans. Very well done. All that is missing is a few commas that would help the reader to make the correct pauses. Best wishes in the contest. hugs, Catie :)

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