Porcupine Quills and Ink by Ken Allan Dronsfield

 

Put my grave atop the great waterfall;

wrap me well inside my favorite blanket

place my bow and arrow upon my chest

put my headdress of Bald Eagle feathers

on my head and lay me on a bed of fern

leave me in peace, staring off at the sky

now turning a deep red at twilight’s call

feed my pony grains coated with honey

he must wait until the great one calls him.

tell my family that I died with honor and

my only regret is not being there this cold

fall and winter to provide food and firewood.

yes, put me on the wood, atop the waterfall.

mark my name on a tall swamp cedar pole

use porcupine quills and inks in my pouch

light the fire and watch me fly into the sky!

 

© Ken Allan Dronsfield


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