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Soul Stance River - 35

Damn it!
Crouching low on the ridge with Joseph and Rubin we see
that twenty horses or more are grazing with a group of Indians in the valley,
through the telescope two things are clear
the Indians are young Blackfeet braves
and they appear to be watching a curiosity in the same area that Drouillard is hunting in,
the battle sheilds on their horses have the fire arrow emblem of the Blackfeet,
there can be no doubt that more of them are in the vicinity
and Clark is at least 100 miles away on the Missouri,
the decision is simple in it's danger
we must ride down there before they attack Drouillard,
maybe a friendly meeting can be achieved,

Entering the open pasture on horseback
the three of us look like river bandits in a sunburned style,
their is a discernible panic amongst the Braves
as we approach them steady as a drumbeat
I get off my horse cool as Sunday news and walk a few yards with our flag in hand,
one of the youths breaks away towards me on his uncertain colt
I stand undaunted by the act of bravado and he steers the animal back to his posse,
Rubin and Joseph know what's up
and life and death have their breeze upon us,
respect introduces itself and brash violence is subdued by handshakes,
as evening invites the pipe, together we camp
the four of us, the eight of them,
we discuss the shifting balance of power on the Plains,
I inform them that there is a new eagle named America
and it will look over this territory with strength and justice,
they tell us about the English intrusion into the area, how furs are traded for guns and liquor, 
these young Blackfeet don't seemed chagrined by the thunder of change,

J.A.B.

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Date: 12/31/2015 4:57:00 AM
Awesome, Justin..a changed people due to their hardships and achievement.. Always, Laura
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Justin Bordner
Date: 1/6/2016 1:59:00 AM
We all change to survive, to understand, to grow, excel, to love and appreciate the beauty and strength life grants us along with what we can give back to life and the ones we love with all our hearts Laura. This final danger on the journey would test everything they were...J.A.B.
Date: 12/25/2015 10:48:00 PM
Hi Justin, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year May all your days shine and dreams come true. :) Every day should be a day with family and friends. I appreciate everyone. Sorry to all those I have taken for granted. SHAME ON ME. I promise, 2016 will be a new me. Merry Christmas!!! May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home. Always & Forever ~LINDA~
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Justin Bordner
Date: 12/25/2015 11:57:00 PM
Your passion and love makes me shine all year long Linda...your leadership in the Arts, and in life is amazing to me, you, are amazing to me my sweet Sphinx...Merry Christmas, you are a woman that never stays the same, because your soul doesn't settle for the ordinary...Justin