Ripped from the arms of their nation

The youth of an older civilization

Sent off to government schools

To learn the white man’s rules

And how well the white man lies


Ancient language torn from their heads

Proud native beliefs, forcefully bled

Burned the animal skins that they wore

As long straight hair fell to the floor

Oh, how quiet a great culture dies


As if the land was not enough of a theft

We sought to strip away anything left

Replacing the beauty of tribal names

With biblical ones like John and James

Conquerors see it as compromise


And learn they did the white man ways

The hate, the pain, all the taken aways

In unmarked grave, another sadly placed

Death delivered and defined by lesser race

And far to the west, every mother cries


14 Responses to “Carlisle”
  1. Much to think about – and perspective that our country has not always done the “right’ thing in its history.

  2. beth says:

    so incredibly horrible and sad

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    To the victor goes the glory and the history my dear friend…

  4. Jim Borden says:

    not one of the better moments in our country’s history…

  5. I never even thought much about Jim Thorpe’s name until I read your excellent verse.

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    For a country that likes to profess morals like equality and justice, we’ve sure violated our own handbook numerous times.

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    You have written a beautiful piece about what we can do to other cultures. I read about the graves of all the native Americans children recently discovered. It breaks my heart. Hopefully our President will find out what happened.
    Most all of us have a bit of many places in our heritage but American. The natives are the real Americans. Really appreciate your words because I believe them to be true and tragic. Love ❤️ Jonikins

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