(On Seeing Sitting Bull’s War Shirt at the Royal Ontario Museum)
They were in a glass case, with labels and maps,
his moccassins, his headdress, some old photographs,
but center of all his sacred war shirt
worn into battle that hot day in June,
when the steady wind whispered with American lead,
as he fought for the weak, the mighty brought low
a great peoples leader, the great Sitting Bull,
now a footnote to history, on display in a case,
his shirt now a trophy, for tourists and kids,
and in cold black and white, it seemed from the light,
that his eyes glowed from tears he bled every night,
so far from his people, so far from his land,
a Toronto amusement, a museum his tomb.
A motivation for us to work for consciousness, wherever we are!
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