Native Americans: A Poem in Their Honor

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce "From this day, I will fight no more forever." Photo taken in the 1900's
Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce "From this day, I will fight no more forever." Photo taken in the 1900's | Source

Savages, (you said) they were.

Unfit to live.

Animals.

Brutes.

Evil Incarnate.

Uncivilized.

Wild.

Tame or eliminate (you ordered).

You chose

the second option.

Does being civilized mean destruction

of the waters which sustain us?

of the air we breathe?

of the animals of the plains and forests?

of anything...

.....................unlike ourselves?

If it does,

I should think

I'd rather be wild.

©9-5-93 C.E.Carl

©rev. 1-30-11; 12-15-13 C.E. (Carl) Elias

© 2011 DzyMsLizzy

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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, Shyron E Shenko,

Thank you so very much. I'm pleased I was able to strike the right chord with this. The horrible treatment these proud and noble people have received at the hands of our government over the years has always bothered me tremendously.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Thank you Ms. Lizzy, you did my ancestors proud.

Voted up, AI and shared.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you very much, Jefsaid. You are so correct.


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK

Good work!

I beleive our perceptions are goverened by what is deemed acceptable by the collective view of general society. On the basis that civilisation is the indoctrination of the masses into believing a similar set of 'progressive' values i.e. modernisation, commercialisation and globalisation (AKA destruction) then it must be responsible for the consequences of these activities.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, David--

Thanks for your input--those are valid points. This poem, however, was written before everyone was so aware of being "politically correct," and it was intended as a reflection on what people used to say; a snapshot of how they used to think, and ending with my opinion of those archaic "values," which I disdain.

Perhaps I need to re-work this poem to make that more clear.


David Martin 5 years ago

An appropriate sentiment; but we must be careful that the reader would not mistakenly infer that "wild" vs."tame" is a useful idea when referring to Native Americans (or any cultural group). Maybe a substitute wording? We know from anthropology that every culture on the earth just be judged on its own terms, not in comparison with others. There is no absolute standard for what "civilized" means, and anthropologists have largely stopped using that terrm, as you no doubt know. We just don't want to foster, even by implication, any of the old and damaging stereotypical attitudes.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you, Seeker7,

I am glad you liked this tribute.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi,

Fantastic poem. Very original and powerful. The presentation is great.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you so much, Nell! ;-)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I also loved the way you wrote this, every word was so powerful, nice one! cheers nell


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you, Susan!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Very Nice I loved how you presented this.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thank you very much, prasetio30!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good work, my friend. I liked this poem. Thanks for writing this. Take care!

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