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The Long House

The Long House Precontact Our sky is incense Pause beneath our nation’s smoke River of the West ~~ 1792 Broughton, his canon, Facing copper swords and clubs. Warrior Rock truce ~~ 1804 From upstream on foot Men, one black; teen, infant, dog - Corps of Discovery ~~ Curious welcome. Chief wore a naval dress coat, Brass buttons stood proud. ~~ Trade for otter robe. Peace Medal given in trust. Pox and flu hovered… ~~ 1832 - 2019 In long winter’s shade The quiet of death still hangs hard On Cathlapotle. ~~ 2021 Smoke from 1000 lodges Made your blankets Mother Earth. Casino lights chill. https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/cathlapotle/#.YEet52hKjMU Featured: PoetrySoup Home Page - Week of 3/28/21

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Date: 4/4/2021 11:49:00 AM
Not a negative criticism but it's almost a misnomer to call it a "long house", considering how wide they were (see photos). If this is a sample of your focus, I don't envy you your task ~ such a subject; it's psycho-social, political and moral implications. Welcome to Poetry Soup ~ our Family. - Robert W.
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Ken Rone
Date: 10/17/2021 4:34:00 PM
I have stood within the longhouse of which I write, with history's invisible curtain bounding the shrine.
Date: 3/26/2021 9:39:00 AM
A belated welcome to the soup. You have raised expectations with this first piece. I’m off to read another.
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Ken Rone
Date: 4/1/2021 10:22:00 AM
I am glad I am here among y'all.
Date: 3/26/2021 9:38:00 AM
You hit the target perfectly and the last installent is pure genius.
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Date: 3/16/2021 2:05:00 PM
Love it. Unique construction of a story. The last two Haiku revealing a cold and unknown future.
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Ken Rone
Date: 3/16/2021 4:19:00 PM
If you know where to go, it remains a dark place to visit.
Date: 2/25/2021 10:17:00 AM
Fantastic Haiku’s Ken... Welcome to PoetrySoup ~ Belle
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Ken Rone
Date: 2/25/2021 10:25:00 AM
Thank you for your guidance this morning! Whew!