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
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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