Today Is A Good Day To Die

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"

Tribal drums beat along banks of the river,
White mists drift upon the turquoise-blue,
They take their aim with bow and quiver,
Ready to fight for a purpose, free and true.

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"

Into the heart of battle they will ride,
Mounted upon a fearless palomino horse,
Lead by their ancient spirit guide,
He courageously braves his course.

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"

Blood-stained fields of dry autumn maize,
Was predicted by spirit guides to happen soon,
A golden sun rises in the morning haze,
And sets on darker days of many moon.

"O-ka-hey!", the Sioux warrior's cry,
"Today is a good day to die!"





Written for Shanity Rain's contest - "Native American People"

Note: "maize" is a Native-American word which means "corn".
"O-ka-hey" was a battle cry from the Sioux Indians, 
it meant "today is a good day to die"
I am not sure of the spelling of this phrase.
If anyone knows the correct spelling, I would greatly appreciate the help.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 1/6/2015 3:47:00 AM
Hi Kelly. I plan on reading a lot more of your poetry. You have a great understanding of life and a very special way to put it in to your poetry. This is a wonderful poem and a pleasure to read.... Robert.
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Kelly Deschler
Date: 1/9/2015 12:57:00 AM
Hi Robert, I am so glad you've enjoyed reading this poem. I truly appreciate your kind comments. Thank you so much!
Date: 11/29/2013 11:15:00 AM
Congrats on your winning work..Way to go!!!Sara
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Date: 11/26/2013 3:18:00 PM
Kelly , I am reading through all these choices again , and truly I say ,these are amazing poems. I am not sure 10th place is good enough ..it could have easily been a 1st , as the others , This is a fav ~
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Date: 11/27/2013 2:59:00 PM
Thank you, Shanity! I was not upset with my placement at all. Of course, we all want to win, but we can't be first every time! I am thankful for any placement that I might receive. I think we take these contests too seriously sometimes, when it is just supposed to be for fun! :)
Date: 11/26/2013 1:28:00 AM
A very powerful write here, Kelly... Written with great honor. :o)
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Date: 11/25/2013 9:27:00 PM
Kelly, a nice win... Very deep and pretty... . Congratulations on the win... luv~ Linda
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Date: 11/25/2013 8:15:00 AM
Congrats on a well deserved win
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Date: 11/24/2013 10:04:00 PM
Congratulations on this fine win, kelly
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Date: 11/24/2013 5:10:00 PM
good poem Kelly congrats on win Shadow x smile hug
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Date: 11/24/2013 4:29:00 PM
nicely penned poem Kelly...congrats on your fine win :)
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Date: 11/24/2013 4:14:00 PM
Well done on this well deserved winner Kelly, Very well scribed..' Joe..)
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Date: 11/24/2013 3:54:00 PM
This is awesome...dying proudly ...congratulations
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Date: 11/24/2013 2:09:00 PM
Congratulations ! Thank-you for entering my contest , this is an excellent poem , a well deserved win .
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Date: 11/21/2013 10:17:00 PM
Good writing, Kelly, I feel a strong affinity for these gentle people who only ever fought in self-defense and self-protection. Indeed a proud nation. Good luck in the contest, my friend. Licia :-)
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Date: 11/21/2013 6:09:00 AM
Reads like winning material to me..Enjoyed reading this one today..I am glad that I chose it for one of the ones that I will be able to read..Sara
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Date: 11/13/2013 5:26:00 AM
I think you have a strong contender here, SP. Strong imagery and emotion; wouldn't be surprised if you didn't take take top spot :)
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Date: 11/12/2013 3:16:00 PM
Your repeat line, only accentuates the fierceness of the cry.....this is wonderful !!
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