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After Wounded Knee MAG

March 1, 2009
By Elise Lockwood BRONZE, Carmel, Indiana
Elise Lockwood BRONZE, Carmel, Indiana
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You still wear that old war paint
(angry lines slashed above your eyes)
I can feel you waiting for the battle to come
(spikes of red staining your cheeks)
There are no pawing horses now
No painted hands on their haunches
(the number of warrior souls you stole)
No noonday sun beating on bare backs
No smell of sweat and leather and bravery
Puncturing the familiar woodsmoke
(breastplates of porcupine quills, feathers in hair)
No ululations of war, yelling at fear
No singing, no dancing, no tribes, no homes
(scars left from the struggle free from the sun)
Just a drum drum drum beat
(a piece of flesh left for the Great Spirit)
Piercing through dreams.

The author's comments:
This was inspired by the Battle at Wounded Knee in 1890, a massacre of the Sioux.

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on Aug. 3 2010 at 11:42 am
KourtneyBriann BRONZE, Niles, Michigan
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on Aug. 3 2010 at 8:09 am
this poem is kool

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on Jul. 12 2010 at 5:20 pm
matt7 BRONZE, Charleston, Other
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NICE IMAGERY! Next time you write, use meter, it makes a lot of difference. :)

btw is there any chance you would know how to contact the editors? Cause i just want to know if Christian poetry could be published in the teenink magazine.

on Jul. 12 2010 at 11:44 am
just-a-joy GOLD, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Eminem: Success is my only option, failure's not

this is beautiful keep it up

on Jul. 12 2010 at 2:59 am
secretdancer22 GOLD, Webster Groves, Missouri
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on Jun. 20 2010 at 9:30 pm
Kasumi BRONZE, Mequon, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Life can be hard and sad, but there is good things in life, too

I am 8% native american (sioux) XP

I really like this poem! Great job!

on Jun. 20 2010 at 7:24 pm
tweety1ofakind BRONZE, Magnolia, Mississippi
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Favorite Quote:
\" You Must Be The Change That You Want To See \"

very powerful ..i love it !!

on Jun. 20 2010 at 2:12 pm
MCRlover2011 BRONZE, Kemp, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Be yourself, don't take any one's (ugh they keep editing this T_T) shit and never let them take you alive!!!- Gerard Way

Honestly i don't rememeber writing that or reading this poem, and it's just eh, not the best poem i read if i offened you i'm sorry it's just that's how i feel once again sorry

on Jun. 20 2010 at 1:56 pm
RebeccaIsLove BRONZE, Polk City, Florida
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this is so beautiful.

on Jun. 20 2010 at 12:57 pm
yellowflower SILVER, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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wow its really good

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on Jun. 20 2010 at 12:29 pm
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on Jun. 20 2010 at 8:59 am
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Beautifully written (:

on May. 29 2010 at 6:36 pm
janette93 BRONZE, Bell Canyon, California
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i like this

i posted a couple poems

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on May. 29 2010 at 5:25 pm
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on May. 29 2010 at 1:26 am
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that was an awsome descriptive poem i like it alot

on May. 7 2010 at 5:11 pm
Dragonslayer5000 GOLD, Boise, Idaho
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Great descriptive language! *claps*

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on May. 7 2010 at 4:57 pm
Wanttodelete, London, Other
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*gasp* This is.. beautiful..

on May. 7 2010 at 2:05 pm
treegirl93 BRONZE, San Antonio, Texas
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I think it's great that you are keeping that dark past alive. Not many people remember or want to remember what we did to the Native Americans. They just defended their land and their ways of life from an intruder- a thief. Your poem tugged at my heart strings.

on May. 7 2010 at 1:11 am
Frog-Prince PLATINUM, Lakeside, California
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Favorite Quote:
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great job with this poem please check out some of my stuff =)