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Red Skin, Buck Dance: A Poem Of Native American Heritage

"The Red Line" is a poignant and evocative poem about the final moments of an Indian Brave. The poem captures the pride, resilience, and legacy of Native American culture through the eyes of an elder. The poem explores the themes of love, loss, and the passage of time as the brave holds his great-grandson in his arms and reflects on his life. Through vivid imagery and sensory details, the poem transports the reader to the Osage Hills, where the sweet aroma of prairie grass and the distant cry of a young brave singing of immortality create a poignant and bittersweet mood. Overall, "The Red Line" is a moving tribute to the resilience of Native American heritage and the enduring power of familial love.

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The Red Line


Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006 with permission of the Author.

He danced as a buck,
sang as an elder and
beat a drum as long as he was able.

He is proud of his red skin
that now looks as though
it has been stripped from his bones
and thrown, shriveled, into a heap
onto a hospital bed
and plugged into the wall.

The child he holds in his arms
is the son of a daughter born to the son of a son of his son's daughter.

He cannot see the child's red skin, but
he can smell the sweet aroma of
prairie grass on the Osage Hills,
and in the distance
hear the cry of a young brave
singing of immortality.


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