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R. J. Lindley,
Feb 2nd, 1973
Poetry-- Subject Nature, Wolf, Amerian Indian And Injustice...

Old note: My mother's father was Native American. I gained
great insight into the life of Native Americans from words
he spoke to me. Since his death, I have read many books that
gave even more historical knowledge on the subject. Finding 
the ones that did not deliberately cover up the savage acts
carried out by "whites" against Native Americans.  


New Note:
Population history of indigenous peoples of the Americas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The population figure of indigenous peoples of the Americas before
 the 1492 voyage of Christopher Columbus have proven difficult
 to establish. Scholars rely on archaeological data and written
 records from settlers from Europe. Most scholars writing at 
 the end of the 19th century estimated that the pre-Columbian
 population was as low as 10 million; by the end of the 20th
 century most scholars gravitated to a middle estimate of
 around 50 million, with some historians arguing for an estimate
 of 100 million or more.[1] Contact with the Europeans led to 
 the European colonization of the Americas, in which millions 
 of immigrants from Europe eventually settled in the Americas.

The population of African and Eurasian peoples in the Americas 
grew steadily, while the indigenous population plummeted. Eurasian
 diseases such as influenza, bubonic plague and pneumonic plagues,
 yellow fever, smallpox, and malaria devastated the Native Americans,
 who did not have immunity to them. Conflict and outright warfare 
 with Western European newcomers and other American tribes further
 reduced populations and disrupted traditional societies. The extent
 and causes of the decline have long been a subject of academic debate, 
 along with its characterization as a genocide.[2]


 

American Indian, Nightshades, Moonshadows And Howling Wolf

Thirsty for red moon, its sacred beams and eternal pull
howling-out to speak to this dark and blind world, without fear;
Your echoes enter, soulful bones of insightful red man
birthing growing urges to return and run truly free,
falling upon ancient trails, foraging for lean red meat
race with red-heart's deepest desires into widest abyss,
embrace our mother earth, unified into one body. 

Where ancient trails once well-known, rests under dust long fallin'. 
Moon's golden realms hear both man and wolf, faithful loud callin'.

Standing proud, atop very high and lonesome mountain crag
winds caressing one of Nature's most beautiful creatures;
Notes calling loud, that give night's resplendent moon pregnant pause
in that silent and golden moment, where man so trembles,
for it is then knowledge comes, therein sings of true freedom
having no need for dreams of blind men or dark worldly lusts,
speaking to pack below, mirroring its deep felt tones.

Where ancient trails once well-known, rests under dust long fallin'. 
Moon's golden realms hear both man and wolf, faithful loud callin'.

Alas! Fate and Fury- rage combine and oft delivers
soul-crushing, black-handed cuts from darkened realms far below;
Wherein has justice overcame Fate's most savage attacks
when hatred and greed both conspired to not be defeated,
in infliction of war's sorrows and deadly destruction
while parading under banner of Light and compassion,
tales of malevolent beasts, benevolently destroyed!

Where ancient trails once well-known, rests under dust long fallin'. 
Moon's golden realms hear both man and wolf, faithful loud callin'.

R. J. Lindley,
Feb 2nd, 1973
Poetry-- Subject Nature, Wolf, Amerian Indian And Injustice...

Old note: My mother's father was Native American. I gained
great insight into the life of Native Americans from words
he spoke to me. Since his death, I have read many books that
gave even more historical knowledge on the subject. Finding 
the ones that did not deliberately cover up the savage acts
carried out by "whites" against Native Americans.  


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Date: 12/10/2018 6:36:00 PM
My dear friend, it is a pleasure for me to return with my sincere congratulations on your wonderful and well deserved recognition with POTW honors for this powerful and inspiring work of art. Warmest wishes always my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 12/4/2018 5:58:00 PM
Hello Robert, I am so pleased that you haThis is a poem that has historyve this poem on POTW. This is a poem that has history going way, way, way bavk in time.Robert there is nothing wrong being part native.Life is interesting with different types of people born else where. Have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 11/18/2018 12:18:00 PM
Belated Congratulations on having this worthy poem honored with POTW Robert. xxoo : )
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Date: 11/15/2018 8:50:00 AM
Congratulations on POTW my friend, warm wishes dear Poet, xomo
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Date: 11/14/2018 8:46:00 AM
Robert, congratulations on POTW, so deserving, I am part native too and have also written many poems of my native culture, so I loved this amazing write, enjoy the honor ~
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Date: 11/12/2018 4:16:00 AM
Another work of beauty and insight Robert! "red man" claiming his land, Nature, identify! "faithful wolf" that never ceases to speak to the moon! and vast infinite power of Nature.. a work of art to learn from.. lives changing experience.. a great pleasure to read.. Congratulations! my deepest regards. Stay safe and blessed always.
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Date: 11/11/2018 5:06:00 PM
Hi Robert, dropping by with my congratulations on your Poem Of The Day with this excellent write. Much deserved honour my friend. Your friend always....Mike.
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Date: 11/11/2018 3:06:00 PM
A beautifully written tribute to native Americans and your heritage. They were really the first to discover America and were savagely destroyed, so sad and tragic, a great write and congratulations on POTW!
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Date: 11/11/2018 1:41:00 PM
Hi Robert, You have penned a written tribute piece about Native Americans. Well done my friend. Congratulations on getting the poem of the week. It was well deserved:-) Alexis
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Date: 11/11/2018 10:45:00 AM
Love stories of Native Americans which you tell so well. Congratulations!!!
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Date: 11/11/2018 7:25:00 AM
Robert, How nice to see this one garnering more attention as potw.
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Date: 11/10/2018 5:55:00 AM
Brilliant write indeed, well done :)
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Date: 11/9/2018 2:22:00 PM
What a beautiful tribute to the Native American Indian and the wonderfully created wolf. Just love this. P.S. Check your soupmail.
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Date: 11/8/2018 4:40:00 PM
The land, the passion and the betrayal resonate through this powerful verse Robert. A truly deep and stirring piece of work. Wonderful.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 11/8/2018 5:03:00 PM
Thank you dear friend for reading and commenting. When I think of the hard life imposed on my Native American grandfather, I get angry. Yet I know that such anger serves no purpose, history can not be changed.
Date: 11/6/2018 12:51:00 PM
I can tell that this topic is very close to your heart, Robert, and I am sure you are sincerely proud to have Native American blood flowing through your veins. The poem is both beautiful and informative (including the notes that accompany it). This goes to my FAVEs, my friend. Best regards // paul
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Date: 11/6/2018 4:26:00 PM
Paul my dear friend, thank you for reading and commenting on this poem. Yes, truth is I am truly and deeply proud of my Native American bloodline. Just as Ia m so very proud of who my grandfather was, the wise,honorable and very kind man that he was. Thanks for fav , as that is sincerely and deeply appreciated my friend.
Date: 11/5/2018 11:49:00 PM
Once again a gem of a write, Robert. You must be very proud of your heritage. The poem is brilliant and your notes give an excellent insight to the history of the indigenious peoples of America. A fave. Cheers, my friend. T.J
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Date: 11/6/2018 4:23:00 PM
Teppo my dear friend. I am indeed very proud of my heritage and the many wise words given me by my Native American grandfather. A man that suffered greatly due to his being Native American. Always a pleasure reading your comments on my poems and your own excellent poetry. Thanks for the fav, that is sincerely appreciated my great friend..
Date: 11/5/2018 2:27:00 PM
Hello Robert, Your verse here on the American Indian is truly magnificent. The research linkage and initial story at the outset really helps to set the table for the reader and covers some very necessary background. The actual poem itself is wholly superb in every respect. The passion and power of your words, imagery, and phraseology captured my interest and attention immediately!! And the intermittent refrain: "Where ancient trails once . . ." perfectly enhances the poem. A FAVE!! Cheers, Gary
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Date: 11/13/2018 2:48:00 PM
No problem at all Robert!! This one is a truly marvelous poem in every respect!! And extra congrats to you for the POTW honor. Very Well-Deserved. Cheers and Continued Best Wishes to you and your family!! Best, Gary
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Robert Lindley
Date: 11/6/2018 4:19:00 PM
Gary my dear friend, thank you so much for such a wonderful comment and your reading this poem. Your words cheer an old poet's heart my great and talented friend. Thanks for the fav as that is so very truly appreciated...
Date: 11/5/2018 2:23:00 PM
Robert, Your lovely poem is a special tribute to your ancesters. Their plight continues by outdated laws which were outrageously consigned unfairly in the tragic loss of life and land of a people who the vast majority felt entitled to steal from with such harshness and greed. They lived in harmony with the earth as we need to return to doing before our earth no longer can sustain our lives. A fave my dear friend! Blessings, Connie
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Date: 11/6/2018 4:17:00 PM
Connie my dear friend, thank you so much for reading and commenting on this poem. Your words bring cheer to this old poet's heart, as they join in with we that truly and so deeply abhor the injustice and evil inflicted upon Native Americans.
Date: 11/5/2018 1:44:00 PM
Reading this stirs my ire, Robert. I'm glad you've brought their plight to light. I still fume over what was done to them. Indians respected the land. In a poem I posted years ago, I wrote: "Who was the heathen? Who ravaged the land? It's called 'Eyes of Anguish.'
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Date: 11/7/2018 7:34:00 AM
I will.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 11/6/2018 4:14:00 PM
Thank you my dear friend. I share in the ire born from knowing such atrocities were inflicted upon the Native Americans. Your poem, I have searched for to read and can not find it. Can you send it to me in a soupmail my friend? Thanks.
Date: 11/5/2018 11:52:00 AM
Hi Robert, We have a similar historical background here in South Africa. Masses from Europe arrived in the Cape, and in time splintered groups moved Northwards, seeking land and grazing for their cattle, therefore encroaching onto indigenous peoples land. Unfortunately I don't have the space to carry on, but the land issue here in South Africa will need time and tolerance to be worked out fairly. A beautiful poem you wrote!, Warm regards, Jennifer.
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Date: 11/6/2018 4:12:00 PM
Jennifer my dear friend. Your great comment shows you have cause to empathize with the injustice done and can truly relate due to similar sad history there where you live. Thanks my friend, I appreciate your comment and your sharing of the plight in Africa concerning the land issue there .
Date: 11/5/2018 11:08:00 AM
Ah, so true and so soulfully expressed, my dear friend. My heart aches for the savage ravaging, persecution and disrespect the invading Europeans inflicted upon the native life here; human, animal and environmental. Your potent verses shine with insightful brilliance and imagery of breathtaking beauty in depicting powerfully expressed emotions.. the injustice of it all! I love everything about your deep emotive and evocative poem, Robert. A Fav! Warmest wishes my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 11/6/2018 4:07:00 PM
Susan my dear friend, your comments are so very informative and evident of your greater understanding about poetry, life in general and my unique style of writing. Thank you as your kindness and generosity, in giving positive and inspiring words to other poets is a blessing and a great boon to this poetry site.
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Susan Ashley
Date: 11/5/2018 11:11:00 AM
P.S. I relished your wonderful poet’s notes as well, my dear friend.. ~Sue
Date: 11/5/2018 11:04:00 AM
This is such a wonderful write, there is truth in your words and I absolutely love reading it, this was something new for me so it sure increase my knowledge, now I am curious to know more about this so I will definitely collect more information about it, all thanks to you and your poem, good luck and have a really nice day
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Date: 11/6/2018 4:04:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I am very pleased you enjoyed reading this one and that you will seek out more information on this great injustice done to my ancestors.
Date: 11/5/2018 8:44:00 AM
This is so true. Wonderful research you've done, Robert and I'm so glad you did put those words out online. Best to you.
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Date: 11/6/2018 4:01:00 PM
Thank you my good friend. I truly appreciate your reading and commenting on this heartfelt piece. The research on this has been accumulating for decades as I have read so very much about both Native American and U.S. military histories.
Date: 11/5/2018 7:48:00 AM
Peoples' of this Earth should be enjoying and celebrating diversity...instead, they explore other avenues, which cause neglect and separation until it ends in destruction...your verse exemplifies this situation in poetic form my friend, as your masterful writing takes us on that journey...'can't we all just get along'...I hope and pray that your journey at the moment is paved with gold, Robert...may the Angels give you comfort and guidance my friend...and healing foremost...love & light...^WW^
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Date: 11/6/2018 3:59:00 PM
Thank you my dear friend, your words are evidence of a keen mind, and kind heart. A soul that desires good over evil and the betterment of all mankind. A pleasure reading your comment and well wishes my friend. God bless.
Date: 11/5/2018 7:43:00 AM
Hi Robert, this is an amazing write my friend, a true tribute to the Native American. Your words paint such a strong canvas, a people who were one with the land moved ever from land that was theirs. What happened is always such a sadness to me Robert. Your pen once more sings the truth. My friend, it is an honour and a pleasure to read this piece. As always, your pen does grace us with timeless words. Your words ever captivate Robert. A fave. Have a wonderful Monday. Your friend always....Mike.
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Date: 11/6/2018 3:56:00 PM
Mike my very good friend, thank you for your wonderful comment and your empathy shared on this revelation of the truth about Native Americans and how hey suffered! Truth should not be hidden, but should be viewed openly and let the chips then fall where they may.
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