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Soul Stance River - 8

As we wait for Cruzzatte to anchor the boats
and bring along the men with pull sleds for the carcasses
a teenage Indian boy on a brown pony painted with winged eyes
prances in and out of our slain buffalos, quiver and bow upon his back 
the settling haze of violence ebbing around his undisturbed gallop
as if to see and sanction what we've done, completely unfrightened by us
his eyes fixed on me with a grin that says he knows the pleasure of the kill,
he be so errie in his handsome joy of this death scene,
through native sign language the poetry of hands in dance reveals the heart of a tribe,
Drouillard and I determine that his name is Young Wise
and is a member of the Yankton Sioux
I agree to let Drouillard return with Young Wise to the Yankton site
of 60 lodges 15 miles away, he will be a potential hostage
but he has accepted the risk like a family man
and if they harm him we will burn them,
their leadership will recognize the importance of our favor
and arrive at the Corp's camp with chieftains, curiosity and Drouillard by dusk I'm sure,
our respective nations must learn the path to mutual prosperity, 

J.A.B.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 2/27/2016 5:16:00 PM
A shorter segment, but I like this new Indian character you have here, "through native sign language the poetry of hands in dance reveals the heart of the tribe" << really awesome, Justin. Sometimes movement can add more expression and personality, that vocal words could not. It's a natural extension of communicating, even if one isn't deaf or mute.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 2/27/2016 7:24:00 PM
Young Wise is emblematic of innocent, attractive predation, seeing death as a sacred expression of survival in the hunt, which the killing of the buffalo represents. He sanctions, approves of the slaughter for he understands how it nourishes the instincts as well as the basic needs of the body, a bond is established through the revered sacrafice of the buffalo. Sign language was prevalent amongst the diverse Plains Indians, and yes, a special grace is alive in such intelligent body movement. I'm so glad you like that imagery Timothy...J.A.B.
Date: 12/18/2015 2:44:00 PM
Very intriguing character Young Wise is...love his descriptive entrance here...~Laura
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Justin Bordner
Date: 12/19/2015 2:42:00 AM
Very intriguing indeed my astute Poetess, Young Wise and this incident are not in the historical accounts, he, and this amazing moment are the expression, articulation from one of the many visions that I experienced while composing this composition. There is a supernatural spirit to him and the metaphysical imagery that is alive in this encounter...J.A.B.