Manifest Destiny Rides Again Poem by G.R. Gaus

Manifest Destiny Rides Again



We call ourselves Americans;
Have we erased the past?
Forgotten how this land was won?
Can't hear the distant blast?
Mighty cannon, shining gun,
Below; the setting sun.

We call ourselves Americans;
Destiny was our vow,
A legal word to burn and kill,
Ask not, the why or how,
Look back beyond the hill,
Blood for honors, spill.

We call ourselves Americans;
An ancient culture tossed,
Missionary's spread disease,
Entire tribes were lost,
Women, children to their knees,
A warrior's pride, was seized.

We call ourselves Americans;
Although we've just arrived,
They were here twelve thousand years,
Somehow they survived,
We introduced our naked fears,
They walked, The Trail of Tears.

We call ourselves Americans;
The Massacre, at Sand Creek,
Continued on, twenty six years,
Final slaughter; Wounded Knee,
Making room for the pioneer,
While tribes of natives, disappear.

We call ourselves Americans;
All treaties have been broken,
To reservations on barren land,
With words that went unspoken,
Systematic, schemed and planned,
Except for Custer, his last stand.

We call ourselves Americans;
We raise our banner high,
Forgive me if I don't salute,
Instead a woeful sigh,
In memory of the last minute,
Reduced, to disrepute.

We call ourselves Americans;
Standing tall for freedom,
Details, to be soon resolved,
Love it here, or leave em,
See how far we've evolved,
One nation, soon dissolved.

I call myself an American;
It's here, I'll make my peace,
Accept the things, I cannot change,
In hopes, the bigotry will cease,
Buffalo once roamed and ranged,
Genocide, was once exchanged.

For those few true Americans;
Ones who know this story well,
Survivors of your generations,
Grandfather’s tales heard tell,
With nature were your relations,
Once countless Indian Nations.

POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Perhaps I've read too many non fiction books on this subject but every time I read another one, it adds another sad verse, to the history of our nation. So tune in next week for another exciting episode of manifest destiny rides again…..
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