Indigenous

 

 

It has been more than a century

Since we hunted them like prey

But since we could not kill them all

Made reservations to hide them away

 

 

And all the lies and false promises

That stole them from their lands

Were wrapped in greedy wishes

And fingers crossed on hands

 

 

E’en now, we won’t honor our words

We turn our eyes to avoid the sight

In dried adobe, the crying’s unheard

And we willing forget their plight

 

 

This has been the white man’s way

Assured we take more than we give

Casinos and alcohol help the decay

Of the glorious culture once lived

 

 

Oh, what we could have learned

Of natural balance and inspiration

From the natives that we spurned

Left to die on those reservations

 

 

Is now just too late for us to see

Or too hard to own our sad faults

Will this be the only history

Of how our home was bought

 

 

Comments
17 Responses to “Indigenous”
  1. beth says:

    This is tragic and so well said

  2. Beautiful poem! So filled with truth and with powerful images of proud Indian nations, that have become the most forgotten, most maligned of all social groups in most of North America. Excellent writing my friend!

  3. Jim Borden says:

    a sad legacy indeed of how our nation began. a beautiful call for justice…

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thanks, Jim! I have such a pull to the plight of Native Americans that I swear there must be some old tribal DNA in my lineage. It is the sad legacy of many nations, but we can make a change if we care enough about anything. I appreciate your support, always!

  4. yassy says:

    You have a good heart , Brad. You write beautifully about what took place. That is also very brave. I think I respect you more for this.

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is so beautifully penned. The image you used of the proud, and strong Native American Indian made your words even more heartbreaking and meaningful. We took their land, lives, raped and imprisoned their woman and celebrated that success. They are the only true Americans as the rest of us are all immigrants.

    This is a timely piece as well. I love that you mentioned that we could have learned so much from these lovers of the land and it’s animals. They wasted nothing.

    What a great piece of writing to tell a truth so shameful and dishonorable. What an honest tribute to the injustice done to a proud nation.

    Sorry about the long comment but this is a subject I feel so strongly about and this has touched my heart. Sending love 💕 Jonikins

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Another tragic piece of history. We have to do better.

  7. That’s an excellent piece Brad. What else is there to say?
    Bravo!

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