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Under the Cherokee Indian Removal Act of 1838, the tribe was forced to leave the fertile and scenic Smoky Mountains and migrate to a barren area of Oklahoma.  President Andrew Jackson signed the Act, which was opposed by Senator Davy Crockett.

 

 


Cherokee Tears ceremonial drums' rhythmic heartbeat impassioned tribal chants echo in Smoky Mountain mist before dawn tortured spirit of an ignoble president Andrew Jackson seems imprisoned here haunted by wailing ghosts of tribe members too old to meet Jackson's mandate rise up, carry all you own except your memories, your hopes abandon graves of your ancestors trek the "Trail of Tears" to a barren land restless are the rising souls natives who passed the pipe, welcomed whites campers still report sightings spirits walking and wailing from dusk till daybreak specters bearing blood-spattered treaties mingle in the Smoky Mountain mist created by Cherokee tears
*Written November 20, 2018 For Line Gauthier's "Tribute to Native Cultures"

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Date: 12/17/2018 7:37:00 PM
Excellently penned; Jackson was so cold and cruel to the Native Peoples; he hadno regard for their lives. Congrats on your win; you deserve it.
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Date: 12/16/2018 10:49:00 AM
Congratulations on your win and this important and magnificent creation from your golden pen being number one in the one hundred best new poems list! I am with you on this advocating the Native American cause and also getting more information out on the tragedy that the Trail of Tears truly was my dear friend! As I have written about it several times myself.. A fav..
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/16/2018 10:21:00 PM
There is a group of motorcycle riders who travel the "Trail of Tears" each year in tribute to the Native Americans who died. Thanks for the visit, Robert.
Date: 12/15/2018 3:59:00 PM
You have opened my eyes to this issue Carolyn, you have researched this poem in such depth, many congrats on being '1 in the best new poems list and on your win:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 12/15/2018 2:21:00 PM
I’m so happy to return to this exquisite poem with my congratulations for your wonderful and well deserved win, Carolyn. It is such a pleasure to read this beautiful and compelling poetry again. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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Date: 12/15/2018 1:38:00 PM
Hi Carolyn, dropping by with my congratulations on your well-deserved win in the contest with this excellent piece. A piece to bring tears to the eyes. This is a tribute worthy of being read. Your words honour a people who were one with the land. You create a beauty within the sadness. This has to be a fave. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/15/2018 1:42:00 PM
That's very kind, Vladislav. Thanks for reading.
Date: 12/15/2018 12:45:00 PM
Yay! At the top of the Best New Poems list where it belongs Carolyn! I hope many read your words that honor them. Congratulations!
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Date: 12/15/2018 12:15:00 PM
Congratulations on your win Carolyn. You already know how much I loved this poem. Our history books need to be changed to honor their memory. This is very beautifully written and I am faving it if I already haven't! : ) xxoo
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Date: 12/15/2018 12:15:00 PM
Carolyn, this is terrific advocacy poetry. A champion of indigenous people and the cause for human treatment for Native Americans. With all the political turmoil of today, this gets little attention. Thanks for your fine verse and attention to this topic. Namaste dear poet.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/15/2018 1:34:00 PM
Thanks for noticing the advocacy, Greg. While on my college speech and debate team, I started reading Native American poetry and giving speeches on their plight. They are finally making strides politically, being elected to Congress and state legislatures. My late father truly admired them as well.
Date: 12/15/2018 12:02:00 PM
Congrats for your well-deserved win for this beauty, Carolyn! Should have rated much higher in my opinion. Thx for your kind comments re my win - Bob
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/15/2018 1:30:00 PM
Thanks, Bob. I feel fortunate to have placed at all. Congrats again on your top win in Line's contest.
Date: 12/15/2018 11:15:00 AM
This is so powerful Carolyn! Such a dark spot in our history. Awareness of this issue and more is somewhat lacking. The issue and this poem, well recognized.
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Date: 12/14/2018 9:20:00 PM
Congrats on another top 2 poem, second time changed today, no worries, both are great
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/14/2018 9:35:00 PM
Hi John. Line's contest hasn't closed yet. Thanks for stopping by.
Date: 12/13/2018 7:02:00 PM
I want to congratulate you on your wonderful and truthful verses written on this savage and merciless action taken by our government against innocent people. Adding this fine poem to my fav list my dear friend!
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Date: 12/12/2018 2:16:00 AM
Wow, I didn’t know about this piece of American history Carolyn. Beautifully chosen words for this one - they must have felt utter despair.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/12/2018 6:02:00 AM
It was a sad event in our nation's history, Nina. Thank you for reading.
Date: 12/11/2018 7:40:00 AM
Another one of your poems climbs the top of best poem chart..congrats, Carolyn.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/11/2018 9:17:00 AM
Thanks for letting me know, Vijay.
Date: 11/25/2018 8:22:00 PM
Yes, the word treaty took on a perverse mockery of its supposed meaning.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/4/2018 10:14:00 PM
The treaties were worthless, David. We should have many regrets as we populate a nation that was built on stolen land.
Date: 11/25/2018 3:39:00 PM
An excellent poem Carolyn, how sad and horrific what they had to endure then and how sad how they suffer today also..
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 12/4/2018 10:15:00 PM
They'll never get back what was taken from them. Our heritage in not a proud one in this respect. Thanks for reading.
Date: 11/24/2018 9:29:00 PM
Beautiful tribute. Stirring verses! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, Carolyn! Season's Best, Gershon
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Date: 11/23/2018 12:46:00 PM
Such a sad but beautifully written piece Carolyn. I know of this Trail of Tears and every time I hear about it my heartbreaks at the thought of people being forced out of their homeland like this, it must have been horrific.
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Date: 11/23/2018 12:19:00 PM
Carolyn, this is such a beautifully written verse. This was such a sad time in our nation’s history. Best of luck in the contest. John
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Date: 11/23/2018 9:24:00 AM
How beautiful is this, Carolyn. I recently watched a show about the Cherokee Indians...It is so sad that even in today's world they have been pushed aside and treated horribly. I love this... love & hugs...Charlie
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/23/2018 11:02:00 AM
Thanks, Charles. I really enjoyed our "night before Christmas" poem!
Date: 11/23/2018 8:06:00 AM
Hauntingly beautiful, Carolyn! Janice
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Date: 11/22/2018 3:30:00 PM
You did this SO well, sweetie. I fully expect to see THIS one on a winner list. I wrote about this same atrocity a long time ago. I think it's listed as narrative or free verse. I have a Cherokee way back in the Miller line!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/22/2018 10:12:00 PM
Thanks, Andrea. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving feast!
Date: 11/21/2018 3:14:00 PM
What the English absolutely detested about Native Americans is that they had a better form of government! If the English enjoyed such freedom of religion and individual choice of government, how could they be controlled? But the "Founding Fathers" were able to include some Native American concepts into the Constitution. Good luck, Carolyn!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/21/2018 3:58:00 PM
If not for the generosity of Native Americans, we would not celebrate Thanksgiving. Thank you for reading, Rico.
Date: 11/21/2018 11:03:00 AM
Carolyn, wow, wonderful, and yet after all that was done to the tribes, they could never, ever break their spirit, as an Ojibwe girl I love this write so much, it is a winner to me and a FAV ~
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/21/2018 3:59:00 PM
Thank you, Constance.
Date: 11/21/2018 10:48:00 AM
So many injustices have taken place through the ages, and yet so little has been done to remedy them. You do well, Carolyn, to bring up such a topic, making use of such beautiful free verse; may the younger generations get to know the true story. Hugs // paul
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 11/21/2018 3:59:00 PM
We now have a Native American in Congress, but there is a long way to go. Thanks for reading, Paul.
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