Verse by Caleb Mannan

If you like Robert Service, Longfellow, Tolkien, Milton, Robinson Jeffers, Whitman, Poe, The Bible, Tennyson, Ray Bradbury, life, death, Untermeyer, Pound, Donne, joy, sorrow, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, children, beauty, Dante, Tom Waits, then set yourself down beside this fire.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Everybody holler! It is a good day to be alive!

The Indian elder is now decrepit and gray tailed
He sits erect in a wheelchair
his dancing legs now stiff and useless
He chants out for the children dancers
in their feathers and beaded buckskins
He chants and shouts to the white people watching
“Everybody holler! It is a good day to be alive!”
and the Indian children dancing smile at his hollering
as they weave the ancient steps
that saved their people from the plague