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Updated on February 18, 2012
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Mother Nature

Reservation Dreams

After having just read "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" I wanted to try to express what my own feelings were on the cruel punishment that was inflicted on the Native Americans. This poem was written from some words taken from that novel.

When you came..we were put on the reservation here

not from your friendship... but because of your fear.

the land.. we just wanted to keep it open and free

after you came...we knew from that moment

that this could never be.

Now All of our children's.. futures and dreams

are carried in the back pocket of their faded bluejeans

The dreams they had, are now so very hard,

the children don't know, they trade them like cards,

Our future it is gone somehow it was lost

our past was stolen this was the cost

There is nothing so beautiful about this culture of mine

As an Indian boy with long black braided hair that shines

The sunshine adores him and coats him with love

his Spirit watches over him from high up above

The power of our imagination is stronger than yours

our stories... they will fill up all of the worlds pores

Our Passion and Affection, our Myth and our Charms

are only told of in schools by white, young school marms.

The Reservation songs... they aren't sung anymore

but the songs still hang in the air, full of our lore

Every molecule waits for a drumbeat to hear

every element waits for lyrics that never appear.

We were the generation of Hud house and cheese

we ask our ancestors to come back, rescue us, Please.

Our traditions... now are all that we have

we rub them in our wounds.. like a strong soothing salve


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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      raciniwa, thank you. it's sad that this has not been resolved. man's inhumanity to man.

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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      We have so much to learn about humanity and not let prejudice gets in the way...this is an amazing hub Michael...have a great day...

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Lia, thank you for your comments

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      LChristiane 6 years ago from Florida

      Awesome. And love the pictures!

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      ziyena, glad you like it. now I feel better about this poem. didn't really know how you would react to this. thanks again for the inspiration.

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      ECLECTIC PLETHORA 6 years ago from LOST IN TIME

      Our passion and affection, our myth and our charms ... I luv this

      Keep on Michael

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Eddi, thank you for visiting.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I loved this one Michael;my interest heightened due to my own interest with the Cherokees.

      I vote up here and bookmark.

      Thank you so much for sharing;take care and enjoy your day.


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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      KrystalD, thank you for reading. they were here from the start, they deserve better.

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      KrystalD 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Beautiful. Native American history is a sadone in many ways but the people are resilient. The cultures are so fantastically rich with art and history! I wish more could be done in the perservation of each tribe. Thanks for this stark and beautiful reminder.

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      @ teaches, Thank you for your visit and read. Yes its very true. a national shame.

      @ Caroline, I have been busy, I have missed you too. Glad you like my new stuff, I needed a change up I was getting to caught up in the same sad stuff. Enough.!

      @ vixen, my sweet poet/Writer You would understand their plight better than anyone. thank you for your comments

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      You have made a beautiful tribute to a noble peoples here. It should be a crime that they are still relegated to reservations in this day and age. We could learn so much from them yet our government only hauls them out when it's useful to their own purposes. And some say there is no such thing as slavery in America...Bah!

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      I love this Michael you tell the story so well. I have a lot I have missed from you that I need to go back and read. LOL. Love what I am reading from you!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I am afraid we have lost the beauty of the Native American traditions and dreams. My grandfather used to live within a reservation and the stories he told were very inspiring. My mother tried to teach me the language and how to cook over an open fire as they did. What a wonderful tribute and call to honor. Oh, the pictures are so beautiful.

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      @ ruby, thank you . i really loved the writers style but the story was so sad.

      @Keri, Thank you for your comments. I have a bunch of quotes from the bbok , that was one of the good ones . It really carries a sad meaning

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      Keri Summers 6 years ago from West of England

      I love the line "carried in the back pocket of their faded blue jeans".

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a story of pain and very true. I didn't know my Father, but was told that he was part Indian. I saw a picture, his Mother was a tiny woman with high cheek bones. She looked like so many pictures i'd seen of Indian women. I feel connected..Thank's....