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A SEMINOLE, by            
First Line: A seminole died with the sun in the west
Last Line: A seminole died.
Subject(s): Death; Native Americans; Seminole Indians; Dead, The; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


A Seminole died with the sun in the west,
White Heron wailed to the Moon's white crest,
A cinnamon skin lay paled till the blush
Of a muck smoked sun rose warm and lush
On a tangled path to a Cypress rest.
Within her wilted heart was vest
A stoic power, an Indian test,
And none would know by the evening hush
A Seminole died.
She asked no God to call him blest,
As she laid him bare to the swamp's incest,
And kindled his gig and his gun with brush,
Then hurried back to communal mush
And bronze hands, unaware that pulled at her breast --
A Seminole died.





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