Victory at Greasy Grass

There is what happened, which brings you pain,

and there is the lie.

I will tell you about the lie, wasichu.

Long Hair brought little boys

against the People. This was no fight.

How can you fight

when you have not learned your death song?

How can you fight when

you do not know pain will not harm you?

By the cold water fat with snowmelt

we watched them, over there

in Medicine Tail Coulee.

I have heard

about this thing

you call

a stand.

There is that lie. And then there is this:

Long Hair is dead even

before the women spot him.

But he does not know that

so he comes on.

Steve Kline | February 25, 2014

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