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AN OLD SIOUX IN THE CITY, by                    
First Line: He seems a sunburnt page ripped out
Last Line: Where ages say—a gun.
Subject(s): Memory; Old Age; Soldiers; War

He seems a sunburnt page ripped out
From sign scrawled prairie lore,
Although he's lost his primal clout
And bought things in a store.

Still moccasined, he scrapes along
The sidewalk randomly.
He'd be more noble with his song
Of war-trails echoing free.

I see him pause. His sunken eyes
Peer through a plated glass.
Gowns—prairie fire! Big surprise!
I sniff. He smells of grass.

O men of learning! What a job
Of up-lift here is done.
You thought to stir a deathless throb
Where ages say—a gun.

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