At Noon

Wooden soul

Fine totem pole

Carved by Native hand

A symbol on this land

Of their cherished ancestry

Cursed oppression through history

Colored and grained tapestry

A monument to stand

Bravery unplanned

Tribe never whole

Treasured role




Vast light

Hallowed ground

Without a sound

In faint lunar glow

Still the fierce faces show

The heart of a people proud

A legacy broken not bowed

Cast now in smooth wooden shroud

So that others may know

These spirits bestow

On earthly mound

Life unfound

Lost fight


10 Responses to “Totem”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    well done. I’m guessing that’s one of the forms of poetry you talked about in an earlier post; it has a fascinating look to it with the shorter and longer lines.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Keen eye Jim! It is my own variation of a Diamante poem from the Whittled Words Series. A little longer in the progression of line length and cascading in both line length and rhyme scheme. Some day when I am famous or dead (which ever comes first I guess), someone can name the style after me 🙂

      • Jim Borden says:

        I like the innovation an creativity, and of course the content of the poem. Maybe you’ll be known as Brad the Bard..

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Okay, I may not deserve that title, but I do love the play on words. And you, my friend, would have to be Jim the Iron Man, as you quickly approach your fifth year of daily blog posts. That is an impressive feat! Looking forward to your celebratory Dec. 31 post!

  2. Harley Unhinged says:

    Beautiful. I have always adored Native American art.

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