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Siwanoy Of Keskeskeck

by jonpercepto (writer), Manhattan, , November 18, 2011

A poem about the future of a native American tribe around the seventeenth century

Borne upon the Aquahung
Siwanoy hunt for sport and game
Token embers of fires past
Seasons gone forsaken voice
Of mindful nights’ soft whisper
Heavy drops of Rananchqua tears

Siwanoy of the native land
Bidding to its bleakest hour
Hear the call of currents course
Summoning bode of Lenape doom
Nocturnal seasons, passing bloom

Keskeskeck of firstborn tongue
Forged among Times changing force
Beckons taut from gain or form
Of foreign steps upon its source
Hailing reign, deceptive shimmer
Forgotten waters of Bronck’s river.

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By jonpercepto on November 18, 2011 at 03:58 pm

thanks for info.

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By Notumbus Bumbus on November 18, 2011 at 05:15 pm

Wow. One of the best poems I've read on BrooWaha. Not only the imagery, but the cadence and tone are powerful and evocative. More, please!

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By jonpercepto on November 18, 2011 at 05:24 pm

thank you. I have always been very insecure about writing poetry

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By Notumbus Bumbus on November 19, 2011 at 04:15 pm

Are you familiar with an anthology called Shaking the Pumpkin? Its an anthology of poems by and about Native peoples, edited by Jerome Rothenberg. He's done a lot of writinf and anthologys that might resonate with you. Look him up on Google.

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