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The Last Stand, 100 And Some Odd Years Ago.

Updated on May 27, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

George Custer was the first man to wear an arrow shirt

We beat down a people into something that would never resemble us

The last stand...100 and some odd years ago.

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Somewhere north of here... 
on grassy plains like these 
Custer made his last stand. 
It was there he found new meaning 
to the word savages.

He was made to understand 
the Red man's rage .
His men were skillfully 
surgically butchered 
the whites of their eyes 
rolling back to infinity.

Their final cries were not unlike 
those of the great buffalo wailing
and bellowing pain 
in the heat of the hunt 
as spears rent their sides 
knives disembowled 
and lead stole their hopes 
as well as their lives 
so sadly misled.

I am sure each warrior 
chose to allow Custer 
to be the last to fall.

They delighted 
in his frustration, 
guerillas playing 
with a tired general 
and he was the holy grail 
the golden flax 
his hair like spun sunshine 
a fitting trophy worthy of a god.

The stench of gunpowder and blood 
entrails and shit 
and freshly spilled urine, 
the smells of unwashed sweat 
and fear ripe and 
pungeunt assailed him.

Firing blindly, instinctivly 
through the dust clouds 
until hammers fell 
with empty clicks 
metallic drum beats 
that shriveled his scrotum .
He scrabbled 
and grabbed 
any weapon from 
those fallen beside him 
to fire some more. 
As visions of his 
life, his wife 
fine wine and the 
sweet taste of venison 
urged him on...alas 
it was all so futile 
the only retreat was death.

I'm sure he felt the first 
of those skillfully
rendered hand tools 
flint arrow tips 
crafted to kill by 
ancient methods.

They swiftly
silently pierced 
his mortal flesh 
as they flooooshed...thwack! 
winging thier way 
to lodge within 
his arms...his legs..his chest,
turning his own 
heart to stone. 
I do not know 
which warrior 
counted coup 
upon his corpse 
claiming the fame 
of his demise.

But I believe there 
could have been 
a better way to 
share the lands 
as equal partners 
people creating together 
a nation without shame .
I know that 
north of here 
on grassy plains 
so much like these 
todays American Indians 
have been on "Wounded Knees" 
ever since that fateful battle.

They never got 
thier final stand 
as Custer did 
to die a glorious 
honorable death.

They were led off 
to barbed wire 
enclosing parched 
lands most depleted.

Many now dwell 
on reservations 
with Bingo parlors 
and casinos.

They sell small victories 
to the white men 
while taking his 
most prized possessions 
from gamblers on 
leftover land.

Some are resigned 
now to the facts 
that their lives are 
worth much less to us 
then even Custer's 
scalp could bring ,
but deep within 
the souls of others 
true warriors wait 
and dream of freedom 
such as their 
forefathers enjoyed 
wishing their wrath 
could be deployed.

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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