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  A Sacred Place
by Mr. Ed
Friday, March 13, 2009
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Part Three – Journey West

 

 

 

 

“When I was a boy, the Sioux owned this world.

The sun rose and set, on our land.

Where are the warriors today? Who slew them?

Where are our lands? Who owns them?”

 

Sitting Bull, Lakota Medicine Man and Chief,

Considered the Last Sioux Warrior To Surrender

 

Music: Dakota Gold

 

 

Lewis and Clark had heard tales about this very sacred place

But it wasn’t until 1823 that trapper Jedediah Smith came here

For many centuries, it had been a revered place, by the Lakotas

But the discovery of gold here, brought their end, and their tears

 

I have visited these ancient Black Hills numerous times, over the years

And each time that I wander here, I reflect back on their ancient history

The landscape here is truly haunting, and the spirits still linger in the air

This time I was traveling to Wind Cave Park – a place of great mystery

 

The first non-native person reported to have entered Wind Cave

Was a man named Charlie Crary, in the year of 1881, in the fall

He left a trail of twine, as he went ever deeper and deeper, into it

Others later found his twine trail, but there was no trace of him at all

 

Old Lakota Indian legends speak of a ‘Great Hole’ in these ancient Black Hills

That would blow life-giving air up to their people, and to the creatures, on this land

By 1887, after the Sioux wars were over, many people started exploring Wind Cave

Early newspaper accounts said: ‘No Bottom Found; Miles Long; Magnificently Grand.’

 

And then, many cave explorers and mining companies tried to take ownership of it

In 1891, Alvin and Elmer McDonald gave up trying to find ‘The End of Wind Cave’

In 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt signed a bill, creating ‘Wind Cave National Park’

And today, park service personnel conduct cave tours, for both the timid and the brave

 

They’ve now mapped well over a hundred miles

Down in ancient and mysterious old Wind Cave

“It’s got no end – I think it leads to another world!”

Is what I’ve heard a few of the very old-timers say

 

If you like old caves like I do, a trip out to Wind Cave is extremely worthwhile

And wandering these majestic Black Hills, always makes for a truly wondrous day

But ownership of this very ancient, mysterious, and revered Native American land

Is still being disputed and valiantly fought for, by Chief Sitting Bull’s people, today

 

 

©2009, Mr. Ed
   


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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/18/2009
sounds incredible-what a great place!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 3/16/2009
A great facinating historical write! I have never heard of Wind Cave , but I sure know about it now! Another good sharing of our nations culture and history!..M
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 3/14/2009
My son took a road trip to CA for spring break..and is in the black hills right now...I too love the history. Great story Ed...you bring so much interesting info.!
Christine
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/13/2009
Always a great deal to learn from your writes, Mr. Ed. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/13/2009
Glad you confirmed it being called "Wind Cave" as the picture looks like it says WINO Cave and I thought it fitting that you liked the place just for that...Ed
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/13/2009
What a fascinating story and history...love these ones you do...

Fee
Reviewed by larry linville 3/13/2009
I appreciate this bit of history. I am sorry I don't know more about the Native americans. Visits at Cherokee, NC a few years ago and was touched by their history.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 3/13/2009
Excellent writing..enjoyed very much dear man...Hugsss
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 3/13/2009
Thank you for such an informative and well-researched poem. I like the efforts that you have put into this to share with us.

Hugs,

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Bonnie May 3/13/2009
Sad but touching write about our dear Native American Friends...it sure opens the eyes and touches the heart of all who read this...love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/13/2009
My Sioux heart, the one beating on Wounded Eagle's chest, sent the warrior's spirit to roam in Wind Cave where the life giving air will blow giving a blessing from the Great Spirit.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/13/2009
YOu my friend are truly steeped in history, has no one listened to the wind to hear what it says, der wind, der wind das himmlische kind! the wind the wind the holy child, is not constraint, blows free and wild, just as the natives should be, and have their land back, who stole their deed? Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/13/2009
I won't be disturbing A Sacred Place - don't like caves. Claustrophobia? Perhaps. :) Still and all, Ed, an excellent, heartfelt write of some things that should be left well enough alone.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/13/2009
Sad write, my firend; but powerfully penned! Love the music; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 3/13/2009
Modern technology has brought so much of good things but destroyed the life of many populations, so sad indeed.

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