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Cherokee Brave and son

Story ID:7873
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1800
Person:Stumped Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Cherokee Brave and son

Cherokee Brave and son

Cherokee Brave and His Son
(Paper sculptures by Allen and Patty
Eckman of South Dakota)

As I set here and listen
To ďAmazing graceĒ sung in Cherokee
And gaze at this paper sculpture
In front of me

Itís mind numbing
What this young couple has done
Such great detail to see
With this Cherokee father and son.

Whatís the father pointing to?
Is it a herd of buffalo or grass-covered prairie?
As they stand beside
That old broken tree.


Cherokee woman and her papoose
(Another great sculpture)

Is this mother humming
An Indian song to
That tiny sleeping
Papoose?

Dressed in their finest
For all to see
Standing beside
Their Teepee

As I listen to Amazing Grace
Sung in Cherokee
And let my simple mind wander
Itís not possible for me

To imagine what she is thinking
As she looks so fondly
As she holds so tenderly
Her new baby.

So discount my feeble attempt
To explain my thoughts to you
And enjoy this paper art
Enjoy the view

Monte L. Manka 01-09-12