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This is my first acrostic poem.  The YouTube video I embedded includes the song Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd, which I feel is very appropriate.  On June 5, 2018 I read the poem "Dancing in the Sky" written by international poet Dear Heart.  You need to check out her poem on PoetrySoup because it is awesome, along with the video that accompanies it.  I'm also reading the #1 new release on Amazon, Tommy Orange's debut novel entitled There There, which explores the lives of native people living in cities, not reservations.  Thus, my inspiration to write this poem.  

Noble heritage they cannot erase

Ancestor’s plight laid bare for all to see

Tribal identity etched in each face

Invincible spirit their pedigree

Various attempts meant to “civilize”

Expanding demands for more and more land

Pogroms by forced removal terrorized

Extreme suffering they had to withstand.

Only unshakable resolve saw them through

Providing strength to mitigate their fears

Lives lost, yes, their memory we’ll renew

Endless remembrance of the Trail of Tears.

December 6, 2019
F G I series 23 tragedy
Brian Strand, sponsor

Submitted 12/20/2018
"Contest 530, Any Form, Any Theme, Up to Max 20 lines" Poetry Contest
Brian Strand, Judge and Sponsor

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Date: 6/18/2018 8:08:00 PM
Agree with Roy. A sad joy to read, cant watch video.
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Date: 6/18/2018 8:26:00 PM
Much appreciated, Barbara. Big part of the history of man's inhumanity to man.
Date: 6/10/2018 8:54:00 AM
Hi Mark, if this is your first acrostic then I don’t know how you are going to improve as this is brilliant, well written and a joy to read my friend. :))
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Date: 6/10/2018 10:49:00 AM
That's a compliment any writer would hope for. Thank you so much, Roy.
Date: 6/8/2018 1:55:00 PM
The second invasion is coming...pray the great spirits be with us...Nice write... A very pertinent topic indeed...All the best Mark
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Mark Toney
Date: 6/8/2018 11:00:00 PM
Thank you for taking the time to send some encouragement my way, Arturo.
Date: 6/8/2018 1:17:00 PM
Well written Acrostic Mark! :)
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Date: 6/8/2018 1:24:00 PM
Thank you, Heidi. My first one. I finally got up the nerve :)