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Hardship on the Trail of Tears
A Father's Love by The Cowboy Poet
 Category:  Western Poetry
  Posted: March 24, 2009      Views: 249

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A Father's Love

Sleep, small boy, at your mother's breast;
Fear not the night wolf's howl;
He tells the story of a father's love
And death on the Cherokee Trail.

The march was long and many died
That walked the Trail of Tears;
They left their homes no more to hunt
The fowl and fish and deer.

A father carried his only child;
Too common was their plight.
Long and hard was the land they crossed
And bitter cold the nights.

All along the trail that westward lay
The sick and lame dropped down;
Dead, thousands fell, blood red the snow,
Silence the only sound.

Small papoose, the white wolf sings;
Four thousand deaths he wails.
The story he cries throughout the hills
No human voice could tell.

Great the sacrifice a father made
Who carried you that day;
The storm hit with a mighty blast,
And many lost their way.

The corpses lay in frozen pose,
Adult and child as well;
The ground too hard for simple graves,
They left them where they fell.

His frozen form lay by the trail;
Safe you slept within his arms,
Cradled deep in the woolly skin
That once had kept him warm.

Yes, dream, small one, and be at peace,
The wolf's song in your ears;
A man once gave the greatest gift
So that his son could live.

Hear the echo sound through the night;
It chills and soars above.
A song that binds your soul to his
And tells of a father's love.


Author Notes
A man makes the ultimate sacrifice on the Trail of Tears, one of the most shameful events in this nation's history. Over four thousand Indians died on this blood trek.
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