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When the Wild Bells Stopped

Bells worn on ankles by the tribe's fireside
    Joyful dancing began when smoke signals rose high
A son was born to the chief and his bride
    Ring out wild bells to the wild sky

The young warrior’s time had soon come
    His first battle was won when spring was nigh
The tribe had a victory dance beneath setting sun
    Ring out wild bells to the wild sky

The Native American village was invaded by whites
    And the chief’s soul to heaven did fly
His son donned the headdress as his father received last rites
    Ring out wild bells to the wild sky

The proud tribe was confined to a reservation
    And the young chief died trying to defy
This was the last dance of a tribal nation
    Ring out wild bells to the wild sky



*For Dr. Ram's "Ring Out Wild Bells to the Wild Sky" contest

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010




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Date: 5/30/2011 11:59:00 AM
Another wonderful write from you....
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Date: 12/4/2010 11:59:00 AM
Warm congratulations on your win in the Contest, Carolyn!! So very well-deserved! Thanks my dear friend!! Love, Audrey
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Date: 12/3/2010 7:46:00 AM
Carolyn, congratulations on your well deserved win to Dr. Ram's contest. You brought us into another world's culture, great write and nice depiction. (^_^) Noel.
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Date: 12/2/2010 6:51:00 AM
Many congratulations dear friend for this terrific win.
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Date: 12/2/2010 4:29:00 AM
Carolyn, congratulations on your win in Dr. Ram Mehta's contest. Love, Carol
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Date: 12/1/2010 11:08:00 PM
Many Congrats Carolyn on notching up 3rd spot in the contest with this excellent piece.... Good weaving of history in this creation ...... Luv/Best wishes always...Hitendra Mehta
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Date: 12/1/2010 6:57:00 PM
as you can see being resourcefull after my first shock, at getting a mention i have found the contests conclusion, anyway most pleased to see your placement, most worthy,
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Date: 12/1/2010 5:05:00 PM
Yep, and to think the American Indians actually saved some of the first settlers from starvation by teaching them how to grow various veggies. Congratulations Carolyn on your worthy poem's third place. Agape, Moses
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Date: 12/1/2010 2:35:00 PM
Now this one is really good, Caroline....everything fits so well in it and with the contest....including your win.Congrats to you! Impressive write...you go girl!
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Date: 12/1/2010 2:25:00 PM
Not surprised LNC..I knew this was going to be a winner. Congrats and love. Bg
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Date: 12/1/2010 2:15:00 PM
Carolyn, congratulations on your win in the contest with this fine poem. I thought I had already commented on it but do not see one. I am partial to anything Indian because they were treated so harshly. I don't know how any civilized generation, as individuals or as a nation could treat any peoples so badly.
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Date: 12/1/2010 1:36:00 PM
You have chosen an excellent theme for the contest, Congratulations for this third place win, Carolyn
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Date: 11/11/2010 4:26:00 AM
I wrote a comment on your poem, Carolyn and then it was gone!! What a great contribution for Dr. Ram's contest and best of luck. To force Native Americans into reservation was a crime! Too many starved and died! Thank you for all your kind comments on my work!..Love, Gert
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Date: 11/11/2010 4:24:00 AM
This poem of yours, Carolyn is a great contribution for Dr. Ram's contest and best of luck. It was a crime to press Native Americans into reservations where they starved and died. So well written and thank you for all your kind comments. I haven't been much on soup lately as I had to revise my manuscript of a novel. Love, Gert
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Date: 11/10/2010 11:28:00 AM
I wish a nation had your heart, for you respect people so much as you love them, and your poems are truly you in faith and beauty. Thanks for being such a special friend.
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Date: 11/6/2010 9:10:00 PM
your have a wonderful way to your writes Carolyn duncan
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Date: 11/5/2010 6:12:00 PM
Quit a unique story you've come up with Carolyn. I did an AABB rhyme scheme. I see yours is ABAB. I guess it doesn't matter. At any rate beautiful story in rhyme and refrain. Agape, Moses
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Date: 11/5/2010 8:04:00 AM
Simply wonderful. A treasure you have so carefully penned, I enjoyed the read. Good luck in the contest this is a perfect entry. Caryl
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Date: 11/4/2010 11:00:00 PM
GREAT way to do this contest too, CArolyn, LIke an elegy almost , which was the intent of the poet who penned that line. Dr. Ram's contest is producing many fine poems. LUv, Andrea
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Date: 11/4/2010 3:56:00 PM
I really liked your imaginative "take" on the refrain and the cyclical nature of the verse, a realwinner! Light & Love
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Date: 11/4/2010 3:56:00 AM
Wow, this is a great entry for Dr. Ram's contest. Good luck. I watched a recollection of tribes and treaties from the Native American perspective. It gave quite a different insight about what treaties had been agreed upon...what President had no regard for treaties...and what occurred after treaties were signed...native Americans were attempting to save a culture instead of being swallowed by white man's culture. They succeeded, but many lives were lost in the process. War is atrocious.
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Date: 11/2/2010 7:23:00 AM
I like the direction you took on this theme. Good luck in the contest. Best to you, Diane
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Date: 11/1/2010 2:06:00 PM
I love the way you set up this poem with the bells around the ankles and the fireside. Super! Love, Dave
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Date: 11/1/2010 1:11:00 PM
Hi Carolyn. Thanks for your kind remark.Can you tell me where I can see the winners of the contest. Please help a man in distress. Cheers, Eamon
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Date: 11/1/2010 12:03:00 PM
Do I see another winner here? I think so Carolyn. Love, Carol
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