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Apache Warrior Chief
by Amber V Moonstone

Friday, November 23, 2007
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One more entry into the series of Native American Poetry

Photo: marker in the parking lot at the trailhead at cochise's
stronghold, a campground

"Apache Warrior Chief"

by Amber "V" Moonstone 11/23/07

To love one another
as brothers and sisters,
You wanted a world of peace,
but all you received was hatred.

So long ago, you walked this earth,
But your spirit remains;
You were a proud and brave
Apache Warrior Chief.

On that afternoon in 1861,
when you faced Lt. George Bascom's
accusations and later shot, but escaped,
and watched him kill your relatives,
You vowed to take revenge.

Off into the Dragoon Mountains of Arizona
You hid and planned your raiding parties.
You finally surrendered after ten years,
Your words were these:

* "When God made the world he gave one part to the white man
and another to the Apache.
Why was it? Why did they come together?Ö
The white people have looked for me long. I am here!
What do they want? They have looked for me long; why am I worth so much?"

When your heart failed,
you went back to settle over Apache country.
On June 8, 1874,
in your mid 60's
the Great Spirit took you to the elders.

You were dressed and your face painted for war.
Back to the Dragoon Mountains,
you were buried in secrecy,
with your horse, dog, and weapons.

There at Your grave site:
**"The deadliest Fighting Handful in the calendar of Man"--

author's notes:

*Cochise, chief of the Chokonen band of the Chiricahua Apaches, statement made during peace talks with General Gordon Granger, 1866. From Peter Nabokovís book Native American Testimony.

**quote also from the same Nabokov's book

My research continues into this part of Native American History.
Peace, Love, and Light,
Amber "V" Moonstone

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Reviewed by tammy mcglade 11/27/2007
a great tribute to a great man!!! wonderful job.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/25/2007
informative & well written ...
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 11/24/2007
Awesome truly a great piece~`*
Reviewed by Dark Knight 11/24/2007
well done Amber-I am reading about this great Indian warrior in dee Brown's book
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 11/24/2007
Amber, an excellent portrayal of the Apache people & Cochise...a great writing.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 11/24/2007
Excellent writing sweet lady,have a wonderful day OK...Hugs
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 11/24/2007
I've been studying Native American culture most of my life, and Cochise is definitely an historical figure worth studying. The Apache were a very stoic people, and you might find my Western, Gold River Canyon, of some interest. It contains the story of a brave little band of Apaches, who attempt to outfox the U.S. Cavalry.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/24/2007
With the spirit of Crazy Horse, thanks.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/23/2007
Amber you do much justice in your search through history. You express the story well, let us never forget....

Be safe,
Reviewed by William Bonilla 11/23/2007
He was One Of My Only two heroes in my life
The other was Geronimo
Thank You For sharing this wonderful
informative poetic story
Peace & Love Be with you


Reviewed by Amor Sabor 11/23/2007
Excellent work and you have researched it well...These tidbits of my (Chiricahua) ancestry relate quite well.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 11/23/2007
Very interesting and vital history lesson that we should all want to know about.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 11/23/2007
wonderful write and sad bit of history as well-to be buried with his horse and dog--a true tribute
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/23/2007

A powerful retelling of history, heartbreaking what whiteman did to his red brothers and sisters. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 11/23/2007
Ahhhh, YOu wrote it and got it in!
I still feel their sad unknowing pain!
You have written their feelings so starkly naked Amber "V"
I didn't even see, the 1st line mis over - your heart was really in this to miss it!
Warm hugs and Warmer love, Warrior Lady Sheeeoox

STay Positive!
and thank you for your healing happy thoughts my sweet friend, coming my way that I feel everyday! I feel your sense of deep caring! I just want you to know, I KNOW! Love you Viv!
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 11/23/2007
I have to agree with Walt.

Forked tongues, a sad commentary on our country can still be heard today,

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by stan nassano 11/23/2007
Yes, many great warriors from the past,glad he got a marker,much of native history was not told,nice write,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 11/23/2007
thanks for sharing....(check first line for error!!)

"To love on another
as brothers and sisters,
You wanted a world of peace,
but all you received was hatred"

Love Tinka
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 11/23/2007
Thank you for sharing this. Lady J
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 11/23/2007
White man spoke with forked tongue, so many promises of peace broken.


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