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A Shawnee Lullaby
by Paul A Drouillard

Monday, June 28, 2010
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A Shawnee Lullaby

 

When the moon is full over Wapakoneta
And there are a thousand stars in the sky

You may hear a sound
On that sacred ground; it’s a Shawnee lullaby

It is like a whisper in the evening wind
As hearing weeping in the breeze

A memory from the past
Just beyond your grasp; it’s a Shawnee lullaby

Now the legends say; way back yesterday
There was a squaw with a baby by her side

And she sang a song
It lasted all night long; it’s a Shawnee lullaby

In this melody, the Shawnee woman sang
Before they were removed out west

It's a sad, lonely voice
A family with no choice; it’s a Shawnee lullaby

So if there is a full moon over Wapakoneta
And you hear a strange wind; don’t be surprised

Remember this tale
If you hear an ancient wail; it’s a Shawnee lullaby

-Drouillard

 

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Reviewed by john zimmerman 8/2/2010
I love this poem. There is one glaring clunker, at least to my ears.
The word [squaw]. To some groups it simply means woman, but to other native groups [squaw] means a woman of loose morals. This was first explained to me by a man of the Tuscarora more than 40 years ago. I fear to many "whites" the word carries the same negative connotation

All the same a good write

welcome to the den

john+
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 6/29/2010
This is a very soothing, comforting lullaby.

Donna
Reviewed by David Maclellan 6/28/2010
I have always loved the mystical culture of native Americans and your poem adds to my intrigue, nice one Paul,
David
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/28/2010
Sweetly engaging, these are lovely verses, Paul. Thank you for sharing this offering. Welcome to AD. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Connie Faust 6/28/2010
Lovely poem, bringing scenes of the tender Shawnee mother, perhaps comforting both her baby and herself with her lullaby.
Welcome to Authors' Den, Paul!
Connie



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