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A poem,A little Indian Boy updated on January the 21st. 2016

Updated on January 21, 2016
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

How he wished for the river to flow once more

A little Indian boy stood on the allotted reservation

Wondering what was out there

Beyond this dismal casino infestation

He thought about the stories his Grandfather tells of long ago

Of pride and dignity

Living free, and hunting with a bow

A culture rich in love

A Sun-God they worshiped up above

The water where they fished and played

Happy family time

When they kneeled and prayed

Now there is no river,just barren land to fill

With slot machines,roulette wheel and time to kill

How he wished for the river to flow once more

With fish and happy hunting on their homeland shore

As he thinks about all the good times Grampa talked about

He stopped thinking as he heard his Granpa shout

Are you ready to learn more of your proud ancestry tribe again?

How about another story of times past and how it all began?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again Audrey. I so appreciate you coming back to read this piece. I can't believe it's been 4 years since I wrote this.

      Blessings and hugs..

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      Audrey Hunt 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Two years ago I first came upon this poetry. I've read it many times since then and appreciate your poem more each time. Thank you dear Ruby. Sharing.

      Blessings,

      Audrey

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello lovemychris. The Rainbow Warriors!!! Wonderful. I will miss him but glad they can get on with their life. I hope they retire in Hawaii where people of color are included. Thank you so much.

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      Yes Dear 19 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      It's time for the Rainbow Warriors. Obama is the herald.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, We have a connection,my father's mother was one half Indian. I have always felt drawn to their plight. What we did was horrible, a deed we can never erase. Thank you so much for coming and sharing...Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie, I sometimes wonder how our country got away with stealing their land, but then the black slaves, we have a lot to be ashamed of. Hopefully it will never happen again..Thank you dear one...

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ruby - So glad you brought this back so I could read it. My mother is from the "Blackfoot" tribe and I'm always interested in stories about all tribes and history.

      These brave, courageous people were given a terrible injustice. Your brilliant poem brings a greater appreciation for those who lost everything and wanted nothing more than the land that belonged to them in the first place. Voted up and more and sharing!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sigh...we will NEVER be allowed to teach our children the truth - just as we weren't allowed the facts - therefore growing up with bias and suspicion..

      genocide, is it not - removing a people from their land?

      when - oh when - will we EVER learn to share?

      Don't answer that - it was rhetorical...lol..

      voting and sharing forward, Ruby!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh my goodness, I didn't know about the people outside the reservations starving today, how horrible. Thank you for reading and leaving an informative comment.

      Cheers

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      The systematic destruction of the American Indian was a sin and a tragedy. They still live hard. The casinos take most of the money that comes in. There is a group that goes out into the far reaches of the reservations and takes food to starving people who live without power and running water.

      Thanks for the poem.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Denise, Thank you Again for visiting my hubs and your comment is very uplifting and appreciated.

      Cheers

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome. I happened to be an art show exhibiting Native American art and craftsmanship today. It was such an enjoyable time.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Micky,

      Thank you for coming by again and your comment is appreciated very much.

      God Bless

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      It's very pretty AE!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Katie,

      Your comments are always so positive and full of hope for the downtrodden.Bless you for being so compassionate.

      Love you.

      Ruby

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      It's amazing the journey of the American Indians what a national treasure and so few are with us. I wish there were more blessing us with a bigger Indian presence to learn from. What a beautiful poem and tribute. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Cheeky Girl.Your words,"The Indian Boy is the lens with which we see the world"Is so true and i'm thrilled that you felt that. Your comment is truly appreciated,

      Cheers

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Wishes for better times and the way it once was. The Indian Boy is the lens with which we see the world. It's a familiar story and plight - simply told and elegantly written, too! Love this wonderful hub! :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Nice to meet you ladyjojo.Thank you for commenting.

      Cheers

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      ladyjojo 6 years ago

      Nice Hub thumbs up

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you daydreamer,

      I'm glad you liked it.

      Cheers

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Great poem!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you richiwf for your inspiring words.Yes,it is very true,the old traditions get lost unless stories are told of times past.I know as a kid when i went to see a western movie,the Indian was always depicted as a heathen.Happy you came by to read.

      Cheers

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Great poem conveying a sad message for all but wonderfully written. It's a shame to see culture and traditions being eroded and possibly lost for ever. The ones who will lose out will be the future generations when their ancestral ways have been lost through modernity. The elders of this world are the ones who still cling on to worthy traditions and it's the younger generations that must learn from their seniors to ensure the survival of their heritage. Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Nice to meet you nighthag.Thank you for commrnting.I'm happy that you saw a lot of different layers.

      Cheers

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      a refelctive poem with a lot of different layers to it, the saddness of a lost time, the dreams of a young boy and the bleak reality of the present. beautifully done

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello leni,

      Thank you for stopping by to read my poem I appreciate your comment,"Loss of heritage" very true indeed.

      Cheers

      Hello Nell,

      I grew up watching cowboy and Indian movies too.Those were the good old days,wouldn't it be great if they were given back their land?Thank you for coming by.

      Cheers

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I grew up watching the old cowboy and indian films in England, and I loved the way of the indian life. it is so sad that this has happened. maybe one day they will be given back their land, and be able to live as they want to again, that was a lovely poem, thanks nell

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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      A sad though fitting tribute to the loss of heritage.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      DeBorrah K.Ogans,

      Nice to meet you.Thank you for commenting your feelings.

      Love and Peace

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Rev Lady, Beautiful, Insightful, Heartfelt & Powerful! There is an invaluable treasure here that is priceless! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! WONDERFUL! PRAISE GOD FOR HIS JUSTICE!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      RevLady,

      Your words,"Justice is coming in a little while" makes me cringe with the thought of how God will judge mankind for their greed and hate.We pray that people will see that our time here is so short and all of our wordly positions will be left behind.Thank you for commenting.

      Love and Peace

      Martie,

      I know this is a sad poem but the little boy is learning of their rich heritage which is good.I'm glad you read my poem.Your comment is so true.

      Love and Peace

      Shygirl2,

      Happy you came to read my poem,yes it is sad and it is a reminder,but maybe we'll remember the hurt and it will never be repeated.Thank you.

      Love and Peace

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      I like this poem always exploring...my grandfather loved the Indian's way. Good reminder of what they lost, but sad.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I once read a novel about a little Indian boy – forgot the title - it made a deep-deep impact on me. Their respect for nature impressed me. Their rule: ‘Kill the weakest, not the strongest’. This is a sad poem, AE, emphasizing the tragic results of discrimination.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A lovely poem depicting a tragedy of life due to man's greed and disrespect for their fellow human beings. Though probably few people believe it, God is not mocked and real justice is coming in just a little while.

      Great poem AE. Voted up and shared.

      Love, peace and joy in Him, who loves us all.

      Forever His

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bobbi,

      Thank you for your comment,'A soft spot for Indians'I have that feeling too.This was their home until we drove them on land that was fit for nothing.Have you read,'The trail of Tears'?That's when they were forced to walk hundreds of miles to a desolate allotted reservation,many died along the way.They said the women dug a hole in the ground,gave birth,picked the baby up and walked to keep up.This just breaks me up when i let myself think about it.Take care.

      Love and Peace

      Secretmission,

      Nice to meet you.Glad you came by to read my poem.I'm happy that some of their culture survived as you say.Thank you for commenting

      Cheers

      Micky,

      I knew you would like my poem about the Indian boy.We share the same beliefs on social injustice. Thanks for coming by.

      Love and Peace

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I love the Indian boy! I wish they had been respected in our past. Our future would be better. God bless Always!

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      Secretmission 6 years ago from Sandwich

      This is just so sad but luckily much of their culture has survived.You have written this with great sensitivity.

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      I just have such a spot in my heart for Native Americans, maybe because they were here first. I love this tribute and it is so sweet.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Glad to see you Loves To Read,yes it's sad what the white men have done to the Indian race,you know the indians were the first people here in America,when the first white people came here they were friends with the Indians, they worked together,teaching each other many skills.It wasn't until the greedy men came to steal their land that the Indian became hostile, then they called them heathens.We as a nation should hang our heads in shame for out treatment to not only the Indian but the Black race as well. Thank you so much for coming by.Take care.

      God Bless

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      Loves To Read 6 years ago

      Beautiful hub AE. It is just so sad to see peoples whose cultures were stolen away by greed of the white man. The natives of our countries lived off the land but also knew the value of keeping things in balance with nature. They did not destroy for greed.

      I am also amazed at how many of my followers are part Indian. My dear friend and fellow hubber John Cain is also part indian.

      Today there are other cultures that are taking away our own and our Goverments are just letting it happen.

      Love and Hugs

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow,Polly,I didn't know you were part Indian.I'm told that my Grandmother(my father's mother) was one half Indian,so i guess that would make me one eighth.I didn't know my father,plus i never saw that Grandmother.I have a picture and they both look Indian.I don't look like i am in that race,being fair and blond,anyway i feel sorry for the way they were treated.Thank's for commenting.

      Love and Peace

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Yeah and you know that puts hate in their hearts at such a young age. People tell me all the time when I am talking about illegals and the diseases we will and are now facing because they are not screened and said well what about the Indians. I explain that not only am I part Indian, but I wasn't here then and sure never shot none, that is such stupid arguments.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Lady,

      Glad you like my poem and the picture.Thank you for commenting.Take care.

      Cheers and God Bless

      Quill,

      Yes the heritage is wonderful,so rich in tradition but most is lost to a forgotten time.Thank you.

      Cheers and God Bless

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Hi Always... sad but true in North America the way reservation lives evolves... forgotten people often and yet look at the heritage.

      Blessings

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Aaawh, this is beautiful and refeshing.

      Loved the cute photo too. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Doug,

      Hey, do you write songs?If so,you can use that line.The words just popped in.I like your comment,Pursuit of cash and materialism,very true.

      Cheers

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Great concept to look into: the loss of natural Native American beauty to the modern pursuit of cash and materialism. Very nicely written. Especially like the line "Beyond this dismal casino infestation." Reminds me of something I'd hear in a heavy-metal song. Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Paraglider,

      So good to see you again,As you state all the natural beauty is being replaced with concrete and steel.Someday,i wonder if there will be any trees left.Take care.

      Cheers

      Prasetio,

      I'm glad you liked my poem.You're always so kind with your comments.Take care.

      Cheers

      Vietnam,

      Wow you live just 20 miles from a reservation.I would hate that.The only good thought i can have is,finally the Indian is making money.(only the ones owning the casinos,and i read that they are backed by the wealthy business men)Thank you for commenting.Take care

      Cheers

      Mentalist acer,

      I like your statement,"Thank's for the gut-check" Money rules,even the land.Thank you for commenting.Take care.

      Cheers

      Tony,

      As you saw my other post,you inspired this poem,As i read your story yesterday about the Indians(Coolies) i felt so sad for them,treated so badly,yet others lived in mansions.Thank you for commenting.Take care.

      Cheers

      Eddwen,

      So glad you liked my poem of the little Indian.It's a real honor.You're such a great writer and poet.Thank you.

      Cheers

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Such beautiful heart felt words.

      So much obvious feelings and so very cleverly put together.

      Thank you so much for sharing

      Take care.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      This is so sad, Ruby. I know that the indigenous people of South Africa were put into the equivalent of your reservations where up until recently they were forced to live. Luckily much of their culture has survived, but a lot has been lost, and so have we all lost something valuable. Hub coming up!

      Thanks too for mentioning my Hub - glad it inspired you!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I never really thought of how barren the reality of just how being dependent on a casino really is.Thanks for the gut-check always exploring;)

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      It is sad about the reservations today, we live 20 miles from the reservation and there is nothing there anymore but a big casino and bingo parlor. No more horses just big automobiles. Times change and the memories live on.

      God Bless

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, you did a great job. I love your poem. A little Indian Boy inspiring me and touch my heart about how he survive in the real world. Rating up!

      Prasetio:)

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      Dave McClure 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Exploitation of the land for profit. Where I'm living now, it's nothing but concrete, steel and glass, where two generations ago there were only pearl fishers, fisherment and passing bedouin nomads. Very sad and destructive.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Creative,

      So happy that you enjoyed my poem.Thank you for commenting.Take care

      God Bless

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Ruby for fantastic poem, I enjoyed it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      yea Polly,

      I was reading Tony's hub today on the Indians(COOLIES) going to Africa and how badly they were treated.How sad that one race can think they are superior over another.It made me think of a child having to witness this.Thank's for commenting.

      Cheers

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      These people are the ones who should be getting what all the illegals are but government has no ideas of justice and right or wrong. If it doesn't fit in a plan where they can line all their pockets they don't care who drops dead.

      Great matter to address "always" very good indeed.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Minn Twin,

      Thank you for comminting.I agree it's a little sad but true for many children who have to live on a reservation I love the rich Indian history of which i'm a part of.My father's mother was one half Indian.To look at me you would never know this,i'm fair with blond hair.Take care.

      Cheers

      Saddlerider,

      So glad you liked my thoughts of the little Indian and yes,he would have loved the life of his ancestors.They lived the good life until we took it away through greed.I love your comment,"I felt the little boys heart"

      Thank you

      Cheers

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      This is very sad indeed. The Indian had happier days until there lands were taken away and reservations built and all the trappings of the new world. Casinos, alcohol and degeneration of their lifestyle.

      Oh how this little boy would have loved the past, ride wild horses, fish and hunt for their food and enjoy their families. Lovely poem, I felt the little boys heart.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      This is so lovely but sad too. Nice poetry alwaysexploring:)