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Warning: The following poem has a theme that may not be suitable for younger readers*

Wounded by disputes for years
The 'red man' stuggled to preserve land through pride and tears
But the harder they persisted
They were met with resistance
By men who didn't have their best interests
When they drafted their territorial divisions
And drove them out by counterfeit provisions
Upheld by adament decisions
How many treaties have the 'white man' kept? None*
How many treaties have the 'red man' broken? None*
A part of their history has been stolen
But it can never be reclaimed
Something that apologies or handshakes cannot compensate
Instead of being ashamed of our negligence
We spread more ignorance without missing a step
We all bleed the same blood
Our open wounds still hurt
We all walk the same earth
But because of their skin and heritage
They don't deserve the same priviledges?
After all, they built the first villages
We named our country after them
We should change its name to: 'KKKanada'
Inspired by a new religion
Its colour is green; and its name is money
Settlers arrived from overseas
And brought with them terrible diseases
Wrapped up in 'gifts' and left them under Christmas trees
And by new years they'd succumb to these miseries
Then add salt to the wound
Deliberately breaching every truce
Introduce gambling and alcohol
Exposed vulnerabilities advanced their curtain call
They're legacy deteriorated through the decades
Phoney promises and manipulation they became placated
Constantly pulling straws and drawing spades
Spiritual deviation led to sedation
Someone needs to speak their voice
Before you're left without a choice
Because each foot standing still is a taking a step behind
How much will be surrendered before the next one dies?
No one knows what tomorrow will bring
There's no triumph till the 'red man' sings

*Both lines appeared in a Rage Against The Machine video.

------
I bleed ink.


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The following comments are for "The Blood They Bled"
by Eddieeaves

DEEP
I can understand your story and I hope that others can feel you.

( Posted by: PAPALAS [Member] On: December 11, 2005 )

The Blood they bled
The irony is that I'm not a Native American. I read for so long about the injustices and felt that I had to put something on paper. Thanks for sharing my sentiments.

( Posted by: eddieeaves [Member] On: December 12, 2005 )

eddieeaves/blood...
again, you have touched the truth, our countries undeniable disgrace...truth is sometimes disgusting, I don't have any answer, accept to praise your acknowledgement of a an issue many do not want to speak of, our leaders and lawmakers as an example...not all, just some. I live in an area in N Alabama, where many were left on the Trail Of Tears, the sick, weak, children and the ones that escaped the rest of the horrific journey...we celebrate each year the trail, a place called Waterloo,Al., I live in Colbert County, named after a great Cherokee Chief. There are many "want to be indians" here, I do not frown on them, I love to see people feel pride in whatever % of red blood that is a part of who they are, it's great and an honor to witness, in this area I live in I'm the only local Native American that is invited to participate in the powwow consession booths to sell Indian Art,...I'm not Cherokee, but, I am honored for my heritage and talent as an artist...I witness much animosity from other Native Americans, they never smile or visit with the locals, I see much disdain for the way it has been and the way their ancestors were treated, I guess I don't know how they feel in their heart, I do not judge, how can I? I only know my own footsteps, it hasn't been easy, yet, my heart bleeds love, I guess I'm fortunate, although I will say, the "law" here frowns on Indians, I do not understand, I'm sure I never will...I want to go home, to my people...and I will rest, someday, on familiar ground.

Many Thanks,
Robin

( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: January 25, 2006 )





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