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If Buffalo could read
by Jake George

Tuesday, January 18, 2005
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I wrote this poem after reading about the story of the Sacred White Buffalo.


If buffalo could read
What would they learn
That Rome rose and fell
During a fall migration

That man was a fool
To make marks on paper
When grass is green
In southern meadows

It is written, life is sacred
While man makes weapons
To kill his fellow man
During the birthing season

Buffalo reads the evening news
Bombings in the middle east
And remembers the hunters
Terror in our home land

During the fall migration
In southern meadows
During the birthing season
Terror in our home land
Copyright 2002 Jake George

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Reviewed by Michael Guy 2/19/2011
"Terror in our home land" - the terror is the insane value that puts money before life... And as the Buffalo die once again at the hands of mostly vicious white hunters (as they did once before) - I ask: when will this stop? Probably only when man realizes he is killing himself as well. Great voice here. Yes, "If Buffalo could read" they would cry but sadly they and our ancient friends the wolves are too busy dying. Sad but true.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/18/2006
Insightful write!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/18/2006

I don't know if I'd want Buffalo to read. If he could, he'd see the mess white men have made of his land, his kind...let him live as he always has, in peace, at one with Nature and the Great Spirit. A thought provoking, well written poem.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

If I may, I'd like to track you--is that all right with you?
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/27/2006
Good thing buffalo can't read Jake! Might be they read about the Great Buffalo Jump that slung them off the cliffs to their death. Pretty much the way modern-day society runs our military men and women into the trenches of war, killing them off. Good poem!

Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 12/17/2005
When it comes to making sense, the 'human' animal is clueless...
Reviewed by Arlyn Joy Angsioco (Reader) 8/5/2005
i think they are blessed for they can't read..
they do not have to worry about the nation's crisis..
ypu did a great job sewing the lines of your poem and trying to
expand it...
nice poem..
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 6/4/2005
I do like this..indeed I do!
Well written..

Reviewed by Dave Harm 3/12/2005
I totally agree that man was a fool, to make marks on paper... a valuable "tool" was lost - family pride in telling their stories...
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/7/2005
i like this
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/19/2005
I think they may say."ear oye I ain't a buffalo, I'm a bison"
Reviewed by Sue Hess 1/19/2005
they suffered enough without having to read man's justification for his actions
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/19/2005
Sometimes I truly believe animals are blessed - since they can't read.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/18/2005
This is very poignant and spoken like a true brother in the Indian nation.

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