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  Apache Tears
by Mr. Ed
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
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-Inspired By An Old Apache Legend-


It was nearly dawn

On old Picacho Peak

The day would be hot

Their future looked bleak


Seventy-five Pinal Apaches

Hiding out from the Cavalry

Shots rang out in the canyon

They now had nowhere to flee


Soon, fifty of these Apaches

Lie dead, on the canyon floor

Sorrow, among those remaining

Soon, there would be many more


The twenty-five remaining Apaches

Decided to die, leaping over the ledge

Now, only silence in the red rock canyon

Now, all seventy-five hunted Apaches, dead


Soon, the wives and lovers of these dead warriors

Gathered at the base of the cliff, to mourn their dead

They wept and they wept, for at least a month’s time

Here, their lovers had been lost, filling them with dread


Their many losses had been so great, and their tears so sincere

The Great Father looked down on these women, now all alone

And quickly deciding that their tragedy should be remembered

As an everlasting reminder to all, He turned their tears, to stone


Today, these black obsidian stones are treasured by many women

It is said that whoever possesses them, shall never shed tears, again

On each of my Apache spouse’s birthdays, since we’ve been married

I give her a few of these stones, in hopes that her happiness, never ends



I love old Native American Legends,

I’ve been studying them most of my life;

So many of them provide great wisdom,

And this one, helps me, to honor my wife.



©2009, Mr. Ed


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Reviewed by Mary Metcalf 9/15/2009
your words speak much truth and hold the attention and imagination of many, you have captured my heart and mind with your well spoken words
mary etta
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/10/2009
I love this Native American Tale. and I love that you honor your wife so much. You are a good man Ed, one of a kind for sure.
Thank you for such beauty you put into this world.
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 9/10/2009


Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/9/2009
I have a couple from my youngster travel days but had never heard the origin of the tear. Thanks for the lesson. Patrick
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/9/2009
great telling of this legend!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/9/2009
Had not heard the legend behind Obsidian, but have always loved that stone. Love it even more, now. Very interesting and informative, Ed, thank you! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 9/9/2009
My best friend here is part apache and she puts the tear look on each of the wall hangings she makes. Good write, I know the story well from her. LadyJ
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/9/2009
Such a sad tale that did not have to happen. How they suffered needlessly yet the stories are still told today and I hope one day the entire culture will re-emerge stronger than before. What history they hold...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/9/2009
How magnificent to know someone who honors their wife in this era of disdain we live in! Kudo's to you brother Ed, and many blessings be upon you and your wife always! I loved this poem, exposing such sorrowful events,that stain our history,we need to remember!thank you for sharing!

much love,
tiger lily
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/9/2009
touching write, Dad... Having now been to South Western States of Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Arizona (albeit whistle-stop!), I can conjur something of the scenes and cultures you set for us here... and I have to say, my heart "sides" with the Natives every time! Was totally blown away by their arts in Santa Fe. It's a lovely wish that possession of those precious black obsidians banishes sadness and tears forever... Is that to say that, having to live with you, she needs them???!!! LOL justjokin!!!!!!!!!!!! XXXXXXX :)) XXXXXXXX
Reviewed by Lori Moore 9/9/2009
Great write. Your wife is a lucky lady.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/9/2009
Gorgeous music and poem, Ed; just perfect! Well done; bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 9/9/2009
Such a stunning re-telling of the great legend.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 9/9/2009
..I love how you wrapped this tradition...special indeed!
Reviewed by Dale Clark 9/9/2009
You honor them with this pen, Ed, a wonderful gift to
your beloved. Thanks for sharing!
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 9/9/2009
A legend told in a wonderful poem.
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/9/2009
A great story and a great gift for your wife.

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 9/9/2009
A friend in Arizona sent me these stones, a dozen black and one white,
that he and daughter collected from Apache Trail area.
Will print your meaningful poem and place in lidded-bowl with the stones. A beautiful combination. Thank you Ed!
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/9/2009
Quite a legend!
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/9/2009
Apart from a very well written done something you don't want Mean Tall Woman to know? giving her presents? stones? if your peccadilloes are worth diamonds will she forgive you?

EDvard, Ole Brother

PS. am no telling her nuthin' but watch out for Tiger "wagglingtongue" Lily!

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 9/9/2009
Awesome story, Ed!! The symbolism is beautiful! What a lovely way to honour your wife...I loved your poem!!! (The music suited the haunting story as well) Great job!!!!

Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 9/9/2009
Undeserved to die like from a bullet such brave warriors as the apachee ............. the stones yes, Manitou works in mysterious ways.....and what a loving heart to collect them for your princess!
Bless You! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/9/2009
A great legend and so well presented. Lovely indeed.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 9/9/2009
I enjoyed your legend, Ed. Good write. Those polished stones in the photo are beautiful.

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