Gone are the Buffalo

The wild and the free shall love the land once more.
The wild and the free shall love the land once more.
Wild creatures shall return.
Wild creatures shall return.
wild horses will live without fear.
wild horses will live without fear.
wild birds will fly unharmed.
wild birds will fly unharmed.
all creatures shall live in freedom
all creatures shall live in freedom
Both the great and the small will once more seek the sun's warming rays.
Both the great and the small will once more seek the sun's warming rays.

Payer to the Great Spirit


The brave warrior stands, overlooking the great land,

Although the tribe is small, there's strength in its band.

Gone are the buffalo, that once roamed far and wide,

The wild creatures perished, by man's hand, they died.



A tear drops slowly, to slide down the once proud face,

This powerful brave there, and yet showing such grace.

The wild horses, bold, from the Spaniards, they did share.

To run across the broad plains, now so few left to spare.



Taken from the red man, now just the same as the land,

The robbing of all the people's souls, by an unjust hand.

Gone with the strong winds, as it sweeps over the fields,

Nothing but the brown dust, this desolation now yields.



When will the goodness in man, its gifts, once revealed,

That which will return to us, what the cruel now so steal?

As the Great Spirit then looks down, in sadness, to see,

His awesome anger comes forth, as now, no one may flee.



The humbled warrior prays aloud, to the Spirit in the sky,

His words are then heard above, as the wild birds all do fly.

Every creature will draw breath, all shall return to this place,

The wronged ones will all regain, that so stolen, in disgrace.




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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

Absolutely beautiful and haunting. Very well done.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm sure you knew that the U.S. government paid a bounty for bison skins in an attempt to wipe out the Plains Indians. Sad chapter in our history my friend. Nice work!


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your kind words and stopping by. whonu


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Yes Bill. I learned of this fairly recently. I always assumed the buffalo were plentiful enough, yet later saw how they were almost wiped out. It seems even today, with the killing and selling of meat of the wild Mustangs, times have never changed and the same injustice rules. Thanks for dropping by, my friend.whonu


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Such incredible animals, thank you for this poem. Jamie


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Jamie, and well received, are your kind words. whonu


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Nothing like a winged or furry creature in the hallowed halls of Life.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Yes,aviannovice, i agree. and thanks for stopping in. whonu


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Whonu, this is well said, yet so so sad!


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I think haunting is a good word for it, Mr Archer. You did a wonderful job with this piece, whonu. Like so many other animals, buffalo seem to only be found in captivity, raised as livestock. I remember going to a buffalo ranch when I was a teenager for a festival. It was the one and only time I have ever tasted a buffalo burger.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

The truth may be sad, yet we can make things better when we try in unison.Thanks my friend. whonu


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Shanmarie, sometimes we should be haunted by our deeds from the past, especially when it has such devastating effects. Thank you my friend, for stopping by and your kind words. whonu


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

The humbled warrior prays aloud, to the Spirit in the sky,

His words are then heard above, as the wild birds all do fly.

Every creature will draw breath, all shall return to this place,

The wronged ones will all regain, that so stolen, in disgrace.

Greta words and I especially liked the above. Have a great day.

Eddy.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Eiddwen, for your kind words and have a great day. whonu


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epigramman 3 years ago

...I have always loved your paintings ,and the words as always , reflect a very sincere, profound and intelligent writer.

Did you know in the America West that when the herds of buffalo approached the new railway tracks - they literally didn't know what to do and instead of jumping over the tracks they turned around and went back north. This is a true story.

Sending you warm wishes from Colin and his cats at lake erie time canada 4:10pm


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for the new insight and info Epi,(my friend Colin), and so glad you stopped by. whonu


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States Author

As always, I anticipate your fond words and comments, my friend epi. Thanks. whonu

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