‘Crazy Horse Canyon’ a poem by Charles Edwards

Crazy Horse Canyon

Bloody bayonets kill pride

the Lakota, the Sioux, running

over rivers of conceit they roam

along Crazy Horse Canyon.

Face paints, yellow lightning bolts 

and powder, war bonnets, sacred 

songs sang by the Oglala today

a protector of a people.

Indian wars, fighting warriors,

spirits calling Conquering Bear

& Little Hawk leading us to

the Black Hills, ‘Pahá Sápa’.

Inspired by visions of Sitting

Bull, massacres of innocent Indians

takes a turn alongside bloody shores

of The Little Bighorn River.

‘Valley of Chieftans’ that battlefield

known as Greasy Grass, lies the 

defeated, broken body of General

Custer on Last Stand Hill.

About the contributor

Charles Edwards (pen name) A long-time Chicagoan/Californian, widowed, retired, writing poetry for several years. His first, two publications appear in the 2019/Winter Issue, the 2020/Spring Issue of 'October Hill Magazine,' as well as 'The Voices Project,' 'BlazeVOX' and 'North Dakota Quarterly.' Blessings~ear Dave

Related Articles

3 Poems by Emily Burton-Uduwana

Emily Burton-Uduwana is a poet and short fiction author based in Southern California

Poet, Christian Garduno

Christian Garduno edited the compilation Evolver and his own solo poetry collection Face, while a History undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley.

3 Poems by Michael Igoe

Poems from Michael Igoe that appear to go down easy but challenge you to read again.

More Like This

‘Snow Fall’ a poem by Martin Willitts Jr

Martin's latest book is 'Unfolding Towards Love' (Wipf and Stock).

Eye Witness Poetry. The Kent Shootings 4th May 1970

Shiela McCarty witnessed the massacre. She has kindly offered us the the poems she wrote about the awful event of that day.

New poetry by Halsey Hyer

Associate Editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Journal, Halsey Hyer.

Poetry by Pui Ying Wong

Pui Ying Wong is the author of 'An Emigrant’s Winter' (Glass Lyre Press, 2016) and 'Yellow Plum Season' (New York Quarterly Books, 2010)