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Old 04-10-2013, 05:34 AM   #1
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The Flyer

Hanging on the wall in my shop at work is a print of John White's water color of a southeastern Algonquian 'conjurer' he called

The Flyer

It inspired this poem -

Fully charged and all but bare
Aside from the stuffed bird in his hair
Skillfully preserved it’s wings spread
Slowly dancing around the fire, he sings
His arms stretched like soaring wings
A journey to the realm of the dead

Another memory from so long ago
I can clearly remember the fire’s glow
Magical night in a wild remote place
From there to here, into another time
Scratched upon paper, put into rhyme
Fading from the page, leaving no trace

From here to there, ever going somewhere
No bonds to break, no relations to tear
Not beholden to god, kings or queens
Soaring over lofty tree tops and ever higher
Arms spread like wings, dances the flier
Over blue mountains and cloud shrouded scenes

Thoughts swirling like whirlwinds in my head
While the flier softly conversed with the dead
In a strange tongue from a forgotten time
With a hawk’s cry, he leaped over the flames
Looking into the outer darkness, invoking names
Of wild elder spirits, names never put to rhyme

Spirits of the dead and those still living
Helpful to each other in times of misgiving
Even more so through dark days of pain
And feverish nights of maddening unrest
While in the company of ghostly guests
From there to here, never to remain


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Old 04-10-2013, 12:54 PM   #2
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I really like the poem, and the picture!
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It's only through John White's watercolor paintings that we see something of how these southeastern Algonquians looked. Although English, White did not depict these people in a romanticized manner as did many European artists of those early days of contact.

White and other English visitors gave account of these 'conjurers and sorcerers' defying and going beyond the laws of nature.
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It's only through John White's watercolor paintings that we see something of how these southeastern Algonquians looked. Although English, White did not depict these people in a romanticized manner as did many European artists of those early days of contact.

White and other English visitors gave account of these 'conjurers and sorcerers' defying and going beyond the laws of nature.
Do you know of any good history books on these nations? I am reading Parkman, don't remember how I got started reading him, I pick it up and put it down. Its a weird read, I treat it like fiction, some of those priests and nuns were nuts. There isn't much about the southeastern nations.
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Do you know of any good history books on these nations? I am reading Parkman, don't remember how I got started reading him, I pick it up and put it down. Its a weird read, I treat it like fiction, some of those priests and nuns were nuts. There isn't much about the southeastern nations.
There is a lot of information regarding southeastern tribes on the net.
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