The Black Hills of South Dakota

Red Cloud photo courtesty of: http://www.PDImages.com

I wanted to share another poem. This one was kind of written in two parts. The idea and some of the actual lines are from a speech (about Crazy Horse) I wrote for one of my classes. Then I decided to turn it into a poem for my creative writing class.

The Black Hills of South Dakota

There is something poetic about the Black Hills of South Dakota,

the original home of the native Sioux tribes,

Famous for battles like Wounded Knee and Little Big Horn.

Warriors named Red Cloud…

Sitting Bull…

and Crazy Horse,

A skilled hunter, legendary warrior,

and leader of the resistance to the white man,

his quest for gold, greed for riches,

and invasion of the Great Plains.

Last of the great chiefs to surrender,

and only to save his people.

Stating even as he signed the treaty, that

“My lands are where my dead lie buried.”

There is something ironic about the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The home of Mt. Rushmore and the immortal images of

our founding fathers: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.

Freer of the slaves who was not an abolitionist,

but a political strongman intent on winning war,

and holding together this great nation.

Iconic faces, forever staring at their conquered lands.

17 miles southwest lies the answer to this irony,

in the form of Crazy Horse and his depiction, carved in a mountain,

standing larger than all the Rushmore faces put together.

He is pointing his finger over the head of his horse,

stating even as he signed the treaty, that

“My lands are where my dead lie buried.”

—- Lee St1—-

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About Lee Stone -leest1-

The world is changing: Stand for Something. Soporte Para Algo. Independent Poet/Artist. Portland, OR · http://facebook.com/sonstone
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2 Responses to The Black Hills of South Dakota

  1. slpmartin says:

    I like your inclusion of the quote in the poem…it really adds punch at the end of the poem.

  2. Pingback: Th Black Hills of South Dakota | Real Life and Fantasy Sports

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