Navajo Magic......

Today mind goes to Arizona a place of magic
of intrigue and meditative beauty
Though not to reveal all the secrets of
it's magic too is my duty

The native flute like a cardinal singing
in the pinion pines travels far
And serenities offering ......take it ....
take matter where you are

I traced the lines of the words drawn by
cliffdwellers hands in the stones
And then looked for the ghosts of
natives in moonlit tones

I did ....I did expect to see the ghosts
in the windy shadowlands of night
Though a strange sense of peace
no need for feelings of fright

We could have shared your spirit though
wasted in wanton abandons
Now our souls are empty.........after we drove yours
from the canyons

Why..........when we could have learned , loved , shared........did our great great grandfathers drive you from your home over and over and over........only to let you return? No wonder when I look pleadingly into your look away that a sign of defeat ........or is it a sign of victory.........

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ichibanarky 5 years ago

This is beautifully written...heartwrenching

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

ichibanarky, thank you so much, Nice to see you.

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

If a Native American reads this poem, or the spirit of one has heard it, they would bless you. Its like ichibanarky commented, heartwrenching and so very powerful.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Violetsun, I would hope to have one read this, in spirit or in life. such powerful spirits there , almost to the point of haunting . And yet its all there for all of us to experience. Thank you and hugs........

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Well done.

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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Well you know me...don't get me going on what our government did to the Indians while the Indians helped us stay alive to do it. Seems many countries are getting anti-

government all of a sudden. Great truth here, and sorrow.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Will Star, Thank you sir......

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CheyenneAutumn 5 years ago

Beatiful country and beautiful people - one of my friends here in Cheyenne is a Navajo man - his parents moved here from the reservation and barely knew English- I have known him since 7th grade - we shared dinner the other night and he spoke of the times with my father on the ranch - my father used to take him out and taught him to hunt and track - his father had some medical problems and couldn. They are truly as remarkable a people as the land they know as home!

Thank you for this - when I get back home I am going to print this and mail it back to him.



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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Pollyannalana, true , true ....I know that! Truth, like you say, is the answer....Period. Stay well....

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Laurie , Thank you, as always you come through!!! Thank you ,I can't wait until he reads this. Bless you. And thank him for the spiritual journey of his home!!! Hugs

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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Lovely, quite lovely thanks.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Gypsy Willow, Thank you so much , This is a pleasure to write of.....

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Beautiful words that were brought to life.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Take care


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen , thank you so much , if you ever get the chance go and seek the serenity and peace that the desert lands have to offer.Take care of the two of you too!

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I would like to get out there and see something besides a freeway.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Dahoglund , yes sir ! You should my friend , its well worth it. there is so much to see. Take care.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful poem, with a strong story.

Thanks for the photos.

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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

ahorseback - Sure did enjoy reading this. I also really like the photos, particularly the third one - the "cliff house" deal. It reminded me of the cliff dwelling at Buffalo Creek (AZ) at a place called "Montezuma's Castle" (which it is neither), erstwhile home of the dwellers who just up and disappeared around the year, 1200 or 1300 or so. Interesting histories about which to think.

Gus :-)))

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hi Lady E, nice to see you! thank you!Be well.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

chs publish, Thank you my dear!:-]

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Gus , how are you , first is arches national park outside Moab Utah. second ic canyonlands in the same area , third is the north rim of the grand canyon, sorry I should identify my photos.Thank you sir.

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I could hear the Navajo spirit in the winds of your verse, such beauty and accompanying pictures as well. You make the Indian proud of their heritage, such beauty, such wonder, I am enjoying this brilliant piece you penned here. Stunning imagery, breathless and captivating to my soul.

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Saddlerider , I know you too have seen all these places where once proud and independant people lived. My God though , I am haunted just visiting these wonders of desert ,of canyons and rubble that were once villages. I wish often for yesterdays and yet maybe just a better tomorrow is all thats needed to return a people to thier homes and livelyhoods.Thank you , once again Im humbled.

daddysgirl 5 years ago

Lovely daddy!! The canyons are beautiful and I'm quite glad to say a bit untouched...a natural beauty if you will. Would be even more lovely to see the natives there left untouched as well! So sad that man is so greedy and hungers only for more power and money. We could all learn so much more if we,like the natives, were so in tune with nature and God!!

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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

True sweety , we are leaving something behind us by getting out of touch with nature .And the sad part is's right there in front of us. For now! One day though ? Who ya bunches Dad .oxoxoxoxoxox

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