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Our Homeland

When shadows fall across embattled land Dusk creeps slowly westward over the plains Comes a wailing, howling of the coyotes Searching for prey among the dry creek runs. Thirsty animals, like humans, take risks Seek out the sweet nectar of the rainclouds Potable water, life’s necessity This cracked earth, barren of tillable soil. Given for our homeland--great Sioux nation And Lakota--once land of thunderbeasts! Our land carved from brokenness and hardship For generations we courageous fought. We will never surrender one acre To greedy Eastern oil-hungry barons Not one dried-up ditch for a leaden pipe Winding across our sacred tear-stained soil.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2021




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Date: 3/31/2021 7:50:00 PM
Sadly, we have mistreated so many, especially the native Americans. I am embarrassed at how we killed them every day on TV during the sixties in every western. I could barely stand to watch them. Well done! Beautiful blank verse.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/31/2021 7:52:00 PM
Thanks so much, Caren. Lately my thoughts have turned to so many hateful and mean things we have put upon others in order to benefit ourselves. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I, too, have been embarrassed.
Date: 3/30/2021 1:35:00 PM
Important piece. I can relate to. They re-opened a clean fill where I am that sits on a flood plain and was deemed full designated a toxic site. They tried to make it a non-consent but information came to light. A commissioner still approved it for lesser time period. I am on council liaison. group holding them to it. Many people are sucked in by words like no alternative but if enough people say no it is amazing how quickly alternatives are found. Like your writing style. Regards David in NZ
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/30/2021 2:02:00 PM
Thanks, David. Stand your ground!!!!!
Date: 3/29/2021 8:50:00 PM
The Sioux and the Lakota ought to hire you. Such an eloquent defense of their position. Bravo, Gershon
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Date: 4/1/2021 3:58:00 PM
Gershon, I will always stand up for Native Americans. I come from the Eastern Cherokee nation (about third generation). The Andrew Jackson era tried to wipe out the tribes. "Remember the Alamo?"; I say, "Remember the Trail of Tears!"
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/29/2021 9:56:00 PM
I hope so. I always feel so bad when we don't honor our commitments to the Native Americans, and, we do so little to help them rise above the poverty-level.
Date: 3/29/2021 6:24:00 PM
Amen Milton. Brings to mind the old song from the 70's. One Tin Soldier. God Bless, JB
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 3/29/2021 6:32:00 PM
Ah, thanks, JB. Come to think of it, it does...a little!