Yellow Hair

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By: Wayne Brown

To Montana territory

With Sitting Bull we have gone

Come not here

Come not here, white eyes

We run no more

 

 

Lakota and Northern Cheyenne

No longer on the reservation land

We claim our due

We claim our due, white eyes

We run no more

 

 

Greasy Grass Creek

Custer’s 7th Cavalry rides its bank

We fear you not

We fear you not, yellow hair

We run no more

 

 

Rifles at ready

Custer signals the attack

Kill them

Kill them all, kill yellow hair

We run no more

 

 

Stand and fight

Blood spilling on the ground

Slay the army

Slay the army, kill yellow hair

We run no more

 

 

Quiet solitude

Dead soldiers on the ground

Take their scalps

Take their scalps, take the yellow hair

We run no more

 

 

 

Little Big Horn

Bloody scalps on poles do hang

Our last stand

Your last stand, white eyes

We run no more, run no more

 

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Wayne a great ode to the Last Stand. Thanks for sharing :)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for the read, Billy. Just trying to hone my poetry skills! WB


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wayne,

I believe we pushed the native Americans beyond their ability to take anymore or survive on the scrubby land we put them on.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Yes, Tom...I think we let them stay until we saw value in the land. We pushed them out of the Dakotas as soon as gold was discovered in the Black Hills. Between the Native Americans and the buffalo...we did a number on them. Thanks for the read! WB


ralwus 6 years ago

Reminds me of that old song 'Please Mr. Custer, I don't wanna go.' Do you remember that one?


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Sure do, CC...that song still gives me a laugh. You know Custer is quoted saying "There are not enough Indians in the world to whip the 7th Cavalry." Well, in the famous words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, Surprise" Well goll-lee, Sgt Carter" Thanks Charlie, WB


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

What has happened to the Natives Indians as the bullies marched on is another American Tragedy never resolved and never appoligized for.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Very true, Petra...it is an ugly chapter of the history of America...the white man at the height of greed. WB


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Great hub, cowboy! Thanks for share about the spirit to "shoot". I hope this world always peace forever. Without war and gun. Thank you very much.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Custer was arrogant and egocentric and self-centered he thought he was invincible until he was struck down and his yellow hair no more. You can push a people only so far before they turn on you, it's said the way cultures are treated by the white invaders. Invasions of countries always decimates it's inhabitants. The Spaniards did the same to the Aztecs, very sad indeed. Wayne your poetry is flowing so well and your improving by the day, keep it flowing my friend, I love to read it. I rate it UP>> yippy yi oh kyee.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Greed drives men to evil things, Ken. Let's hope we don't get there too soon again. Thanks for the read and the good words! WB


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Wow - this is powerful and disturbing, as it should be. It brought to mind a film I saw years ago that haunted me - A Man Called Horse. This poem evokes some of the same images in my mind. This is one FINE poem!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Wow! Thank you SilverGenes! That's just about the best thing anybody ever said about one of my poems. Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment! WB


Onedrop89 5 years ago

Powerful piece..Death to those who disturbed the natural order


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Onedrop89...Thank you. I wanted to feel the frustration and resolve of the Indians who finally decided that it was time to stand and fight...and fight they did much to the surprise of General Armstrong Custer who had remarked that there were not enough Indians in the whole world to whip the 7th Cavalry. Maybe not in the whole world...but surely at the Little Big Horn. Thanks much! WB

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