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One Way ( or another )

Upon the Trail of Tears  
a Buffalo Spirit retracts    
forgotten steps      
Its solitary shadow    
a historical reminder    
of native annihilation;    
a pale-faced slaughter    
not to appease hunger    
nor pelts for warmth    
But hopes of eradicating   
( via relocation )    
an indigenous population    
The Cherokee Nation      
About December 15, 1838, during the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Nation was forced to spend the winter in the area of what is now the Trail of Tears State Forest. Floating ice on the Mississippi River made it impossible to cross. At least 4,000 Cherokee Indians died that winter along with the pride of a nation that [they thought would never ] be restored.    
This is for my ancestors, whose surviving blood flows through me and that of my brothers and sisters, Atohi, a Spirit-Guide between dream and reality;    
and J, that BEAUTIFUL reality. 💜    
Photo credit: Tatanka    
"You're not the boss of me"
Written by Ahavati
Published | Edited 9th Dec 2017
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