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Endeavor to Persevere

Updated on March 24, 2017


Top Hat Man came to the village people, a message to give,

Spoke to the aged chief there, encouraging him how to live.

"You and your fellow Indians, each one now must so comply,

All endeavor to persevere", as the chief smiled, without reply.


"The Army demands your full compliance, as part of our alliance,

Leave this land you now call home, lands where buffalo roam."

"What we speak is law and we shall not deal with any defiance!"

The chief replied, to disagree, "the wild horses all do run so free!"


"We all share the land, as far as the eye can see, is here we're to be!"

The chief was firm as he talked to Top Hat Man, so he'd understand.

Soon the army soldiers came, rounded up the fit, as well as the lame,

Taking away their belongings, marched them to town, this native band.



Never more will the red man to ride wild horses over all the plains,

Hunt wild deer and turkey, feeding his family, sheltered from rains.

No more the celebrations, songs and to dance, to honor their god,

A fine culture returned to its roots, its beginnings, the earthen sod.


Some were carried in boxcars on trains, many forced to walk, so tiring,

A few small groups crept away, formed angry bands, their hatred firing.

Attacking the soldiers on land, at their fort, causing punishment, severe,

The "Trail of Tears", at its beginning, ending any endeavor to persevere.

Some survived this tragedy and did go on to furthr settle and later grow, reclaiming their individual cultures and pride, along the way. Today, the history is often ignored and needs to be a reminder, so that this may never occur again.
Some survived this tragedy and did go on to furthr settle and later grow, reclaiming their individual cultures and pride, along the way. Today, the history is often ignored and needs to be a reminder, so that this may never occur again.

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing this story through this sad but effective poem, whonu. Well done.

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      whonunuwho 4 months ago from United States

      Thanks, Jodah and many blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We really do need to remember. As late as my high school years we were still shipping the children and putting them in dorms and making them attend our white schools and not speak their native tongue.

      Thank you for reminding me with your loving poem.

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      whonunuwho 4 months ago from United States

      Yes, my friend. Blessings to you and family on this fine Spring afternoon. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 months ago from Central Florida

      Whonu, you tell this sad true story beautifully.

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      whonunuwho 2 months ago from United States

      It is a story to be told again and again. Those guilty parties should take notice. Blessings my friend. whonu

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