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Soul Stance River - 9

As the moon and sun share the fabric of a fading song of ancient blues
a ceremony of torch light identity ensues
chieftains in regalia of royal feather headdresses and mantles of warrior mania
approach the flagstaff that Clark and I stand under with a procession
of musicians clad in the symbols of their souls
playing instruments that speak the language of their knowledge, 
after being bedazzled by the brute majesty of the music and pomp
our men give gifts of tobacco carrots, knives, beads and small bells,
chiefs Wueche and Arcawechar tap both of my shoulders
with their ceremonial spears, a gesture of friendship and blessing
after which we toast to the fortune of patient eyes with a dram of whiskey,
my elocution of America's intentions and jurisdiction 
is delivered with sincerity and alacrity just as an eagle protects it's range
and with the wit and instincts of a wolf Chief Wueche
agrees with the terms of allegiance but also admonishes us
not only of the pirates of the Plains,
but that supremacy is the child of wrath for the natives
especially for the dominant tribe of the Sioux Nation, the Teton,
he seems to somberly realize that his Yankton people
must either become a weapon of America's war machine, or be destroyed by it,

J.A.B.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 2/29/2016 1:58:00 AM
There is something oddly captivating about the song and dance of Indians around a bonfire, with chants we can't understand, and a spirit that seems so unbound. Torch light identity is a loaded phrase, and seems to hint at both secrecy and spontaneity. Do our true colors show when the sun is set? Though this is a continuing story I admire how you always seem to end on a line that's like a mini-cliff-hanger ... a teaser for the next chapter.
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Justin Bordner
Date: 3/1/2016 1:05:00 AM
Through such rituals, well defined or spontaneous, in solitude or performed amongst a multitude, as practitioner or observer we experience a primal, pure awareness that often lies dormant in our hearts, and when awoken reveals a freedom of expression that knows no conflict with truth, a pure understanding of the universe. All beauty teases in some unique way my friend. Your perspectives on life fascinate me Timothy...J.A.B.
Date: 12/21/2015 8:09:00 PM
Another interesting moment, to be sure Justin. "Clark and I stand under with a procession of musicians clad in the symbols of their souls playing instruments that speak the language of their knowledge" Loving your language as usual, with the vivid description of the tribe and ceremony. Always, Laura
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Justin Bordner
Date: 12/22/2015 12:58:00 PM
This portion of the epic is a wonderful interaction between custom, art and politics Laura. Herein is a rare and powerful moment in the epic where a native Chief expresses no disillusionment of what his people must compromise in order to "prosper" and gain advantage over their traditional adversaries. I reveled in this vision very much as I wrote it. I really like "Mantles of warrior mania"...J.A.B.