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Audio Poem of the Day
Duration: 03:14
This poem is formatted as a report to Crazy Horse, a leader of the Lakota who died fighting to preserve the Native American way of life. A huge monument in honor of Crazy Horse is being built in South Dakota, close to Mt. Rushmore.
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This poem is formatted as a report to Crazy Horse, a leader of the Lakota who died fighting to preserve the Native American way of life. A huge monument in honor of Crazy Horse is being built in South Dakota, close to Mt. Rushmore.
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a report to Crazy Horse. All the Sioux were defeated. Our clan got poor. But if you got richer they fought two wars. I did not take part. No one remembers your vision or even your real name. Now the Children go to town on like loud music. I married a Christian crazy horse. It is not fair to hide a new vision from you in our schools we are learning to take aim when we talk and we have found out our enemies. They shift when words do they even change and hide in every person. A teacher here says hurt or scorned People are places where riel enemies hide. He says we should not hurt or scorn anyone but help them. And I will tell you in a brave way the way crazy horse talked. That teacher is right. I'll tell you a strange thing. At the rodeo close to the grandstand, I saw a farm lady scared by a blown piece of paper. And at that place horses and policemen were no longer frightening but suffering faces. Where on the hunched over backs of the old crazy horse. Tell me if I am right. These are the things we thought we were doing something about in your life. You saw many strange things and I will tell you another. Now I salute the white man's plague. But when I salute, I hold my hand alertly on the heartbeat and remember all of us and how we depend on a steady pulse together. There are those who salute because they fear other flags or mean to use ours to chase them. I must not allow my part of saluting to mean this. All of our promises are generous sayings to each other, our honorable intentions. These I affirm when I say lived. At these times, it is like shutting my eyes and joining a religious colony at prayer in the gray dawn and the deep piles of a church. Now I've told you about new times. Yes, I know. Others will report different things. They have been caught by week ways. I tell you straight the way it is now, and it is our way. The way we were trying to find the choke Cherries along our valley still bear bright fruit. There's good pottery clay north of here. I remember our old places when I passed the mussel shell. I run my hand along those old grooves in the rock
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