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buffalo spirits
by Dale Clark

Friday, April 10, 2009
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buffalo spirits

dance overhead
    in the hazy sky
weeping upon the plains
    where once they reigned
where the prairie winds blow
    howling dust devils
grow fierce
    dust swirls in spirals
 dust storms form
    and golden waves flow
over great plains

buffalo grass dances
    from purple mountain sides
tumble weeds
    now tumbling
over tilled fields
    where once
only buffalo grass grew

wild mustangs
    and buffalo used to graze
spirits of grace
    gliding into ancient mists
still are running free
    in faded glory

buffalo spirits
    magnificent beasts of long ago
reigned the dust blown vistas
    that can't be held onto
sand slipping
    between your fingers
seeping into your skin
    no way to slow it down
just look ahead
    to see where it goes
never knowing why
    it fiercely disappears
 into the air
   like the buffalo

a dark shadow
    moves across the land
where once they roamed
    slaughtered in the millions
now only the few remain
    their spirits still graze
over plains of buffalo grass
    lonely is the unknown
where civilization
    reared its ugly head
the journey without end
    the only constant
buffalo spirits

D.E. Clark

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Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/13/2009
So beautifully imaged and well written!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/13/2009
Dale this touched my soul, truly captivating and emotive. A stunning Native American poem.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 4/13/2009
I enjoy reading this well written and fine piece,thank you for sharing,take care

Reviewed by jude forese 4/12/2009
when the Apache saw fields of skinned buffaloes with the meat untouched they were dumbfounded ... they could not comprehend the wasteful indifference ... they did believe the buffalo spirits would always live on ...

very well written, Dale ...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/12/2009
... you brought my recent trip across New Mexico and Arizona and Texas right back to me, Dale. I can now appreciate something of the wildness and immensity of your Big Country and the massive spiritual canvasses which are its backbone and back-cloth. I, too, can grieve this loss or diminution. Wonderful writing on an awesome topic, thank you xx
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/11/2009
Dale, what a beautiful poem about Native spirits. I enjoyed this very much.
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/10/2009
Thank you for sharing this powerful reminder via your verses, Dale. Love and peace,

Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/10/2009
Fantastic write, Dale! "...the only constant/buffalo spirits"-an appropriate end to this poem about the untimely end of a fabulous and sacred creature. Love this...

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/10/2009
Poignantly, yet beautifully imaged verse, Dale, well done. Man's inhumanities to God's creatures ...

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

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