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My Chief ... Thoughts go back to it again, the day you found me on the plain, Bloody from a musket wound, and dying slow in cold and pain. My kind abandoned me to die, not wasting cares on such as I, An orphan white boy, still a child, a troubled lad, I won't deny. Yet, you showed me mercy then, troubled not by what I'd been, Raised me as your very own, taught the ways of Pawnee men. I can't say it's an easy life - simple, yes, but hardships rife, Still, my gut and heart are full, joys of family, food and wife. Now, I see this poignant fire, sparkling embers drifting higher, As the tribe conducts you home, dancing at your funeral pyre. Each fiery cinder turns a thief - taking you, my father, chief, Oh, to but command the flames to burn away my crushing grief. Yet, as each one climbs on high, the precious times of you and I, Are made to moments, ever-bright, and set as stars ... Upon the sky. ~ 2nd Place ~ in the "Tribute To Native Culture" Poetry Contest, Line Gauthier, Judge & Sponsor.

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Date: 4/14/2019 10:43:00 AM
So, so touching. I faved it.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/14/2019 7:43:00 PM
Oh, thank you so much, Sunlite ... I thought you might like it. Very kind of you to come take the time to read and comment. Blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/17/2018 11:58:00 PM
This is spectacular. It is just the poem to counter the passage I'm using in a literature lesson with my 8th grade class. May I have permission to print 14 copies to use as a comparison poem during class? I will collect them after the reading and not send them home.
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Date: 12/22/2018 8:50:00 PM
Yes, that's fine, if you'd be so kind as to Soup Mail me with your name, (you don't need to post here) ... I'm a bit concerned that you have no profile name, as I've had people try to take credit for my poems more than once before. One of mine was used to teach a college course, and I was honored, but one was also submitted as a student's final exam, and they ended up being expelled, (though I asked the college to not do so). I am honored to have my work shared, but just a bit of info privately, please. Thank you! :-)
Date: 12/15/2018 10:28:00 PM
Grief stricken emotions come to life with sad beauty in your moving poem, Gregory. Congratulations on your wonderful win.. ~Susan
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 8:46:00 PM
That's very sweet of you, Susan, and I thank you so much, my friend! :-)
Date: 12/15/2018 5:05:00 PM
If you ever have another petition to grant a Native holiday you should post it here at PS. Many would sign it including me. This is an excellent and moving poem Greg! Congratulations on your win! : ) xxoo
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/22/2018 8:46:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Connie, I greatly appreciate that ... and I will certainly do so if I ever take that charge on again, (though I am dispirited) ... blessings, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 12/15/2018 12:56:00 PM
Hi Gregory, congratulations on your well deserved win with this excellent poem. Have a wonderful weekend....Mike.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/15/2018 1:04:00 PM
hat's very kind of you, Mike, and I thank you so much for your comments! :-)
Date: 12/15/2018 11:55:00 AM
What an amazing story unfolds in your poem, Gregory. I wonder if the whites would have treated an orphaned Native American boy so kindly. And the loss of the one who raised him as his own makes for a powerful ending. This is a fave for me. Congratulations on your win in Line's contest. Sending wishes for holiday cheer, Carolyn
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/15/2018 1:04:00 PM
Thank you so much, Carolyn, I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one! I think it would be a safe bet that it would NOT have gone so nicely if the moccasin had been on the other foot, (sadly), but then I suppose it would depend on who found the child. I have been supporting an effort to make a national holiday for Native Americans, but the petitions keep falling short ... also sadly. Happy Holidays and thanks again, Dear Poet! :-) <3
Date: 12/15/2018 4:28:00 AM
Greg, I marvel at how you are able to weave words into such a great tale no matter the subject. Congratulations on your win.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/15/2018 1:01:00 PM
Many kind thanks to you, Curtis, you are always so good to me with your fine words. Blessings to you, Friend - I so appreciate it! :-)
Date: 12/15/2018 12:48:00 AM
Such a poignant poem Gregory and what an incredible story with images that really moved me! Congrats on your well deserved win. Kindest thoughts Ann x
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 12/15/2018 1:00:00 PM
That's so very kind of you, Ann, and I thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Blessings to you, my friend! :-) <3
Date: 11/3/2018 6:04:00 AM
A poignant and lovely write, dear Greg! Fave!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 11/16/2018 4:00:00 PM
Thank you so very much, Kim, I'm pleased you liked this one! Blessings, friend! :-) <3
Date: 9/27/2018 9:41:00 AM
Amazing write, Greg:)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 2:49:00 AM
Thank you very much, Jo - blessings! :-)
Date: 9/26/2018 12:15:00 PM
Wow...that's all!!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 10/30/2018 2:48:00 AM
Thanks so much, John - this is special to me! :-)