Come Wewoka: A Cherokee Tale

Friday, February 18, 2005

Broken is My Promise

Broken is my promise to you - Sweet Wewoka of gray hair. On Cosawta’s shoulder rest you As we sway beneath the litter’s rough In the dust of the pony’s sway. Be consoled deer phantom wife For your bones will lay to rest In the bosom of our earth. But, Cosawta flies away, His bones wane in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Farewell Fields

Farewell fields - Fields wheat - Fields millet - No longer will we scare the crows Waving wands above the sea - Sea wheat - Sea millet - Sweet elfin deer, good-bye. You spoke with tenderness The way we coil together At the campfire’s sway. Welcome blindness - City blindness - As we coil together in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Little Brother of War

Little-Brother-of-War was played Just as well with all And the ball field left Brave casualties in its wake. Littered are the souls - Spirited the game - Yet, now our field is silence Quiet rumination While the Little-Brother-of-War Laughs at us Under the blue-coat’s whip. Come experience The Jade... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 7, 2005

A Log Burns

A log burns Sending signals to the towns That the city falls. It folds away from the river bank As if it never knew The great Sun’s blessing. Here old Littafulchee grew and thrives And now she must wrap her old bones Into a store-bought shawl Gathering the grandchildren And her warrior’s pride... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 2, 2005

A Clear Trail This

A clear trail this - See the blood of Chickasaw And hail the sweat of Creek. The Choctaw knew, What Seminole tell And now come we The Cherokee With city loves and hates Into our deerskins poured And weep along with our brethren Upon this trail of tears. Come experience The Jade Owl Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 31, 2004

The Hawk above the Heartlands

The hawk above the heartland Sees the world of all - Knows he the way we came And the way we go. Now the ridge pole falls And the saddled people flee - Dance we to Unakas drum. Give praise the hawk will never fail Or fall to the whims of Unakas. Come experience The Jade Owl Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Come Wewoka

Come Wewoka to my house And join to me your nestling heart. Take my gift of hominy And to the sparrows tell your tale. This be my troth - Forever in this city fair Cosawta gives as solid oak His sunrise-sunset pledge. Our bones together to the eagles go As our oath takes wing. So, come Wewoka Takes... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

We Sent Our Best

We sent our best to flight On the floor of Unakas’ court. For we are the children of the sky And the day was passing fair. But our best failed Not with the garbled lawless But with the great white warrior, Who eats our children Spilling blood on the Unakas god Who does not fear the sun. So much... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Children Laugh Playing Poleball

The children laugh Playing poleball in the plaza, Firing the life of the great city. Wewoka found a bear’s claw - Cosawta caught a starling - But sewing and hunting ends Games the worldly play. Claws and Starlings fire the sun Spilling new laughter on the plaza And everyone plays poleball In every... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Harvest Dances

Harvest dances, Ghosts in the mountains Near the Lover’s Leap. How we wed the sky with our singing. How we drank the corn wine with laughter. But the Unakas say We drink the sun no more And make our wine with dust, Dense as the mountains we haunt. Now harvest dances are shadows on Unakas walls,... Sign in to see full entry.

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