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All of our ancestors never trekked west
only the hardiest tried
and of them, a handful survived.
Couldnít separate the wise from the fools
each had a gleam in their eyes.
For a number of reasons they
hitched up their wagons to fulfill their dreams.
Some came with horses while others used mules.
Their were many hardships to their journey . . .
money, weather, Indians,
diseases and wild animals.
Yet the pioneers were legendary.

All of the Indians didnít make war
but they wouldnít yield their lands.
They didnít want to alter their lives,
but the white-eyes, with guns, made them change.
The land was as wild as the men who came
seeking the Indiansí trust
though their promises were sheer lies.
They wanted prime land for their range.
Contagious bigotry soon fanned the fires
of the white-eyesí desires.
Many died without knowing why
for not every man was so contrary.

All of our ancestors never trekked west
only the hardiest tried
and of them, a handful survived.
All of the Indians didnít make war
but they wouldnít yield their lands.
Havenít we learned from the wild of the west
to speak from our hearts for ourselves;
others donít always know what is best.

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Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/16/2003
Powerful write!
Reviewed by jude forese 12/16/2003
your ancestors were certainly treated unjustly and your poem explores this truism quite effectively ...
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 12/16/2003
That is true. Others do not know what is best for a different race of man. Enjoyed this write of yours.
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