Treasure Island

Colin Ian Jeffery

(20th May 1942 / Caterham)

WOUNDED KNEE CREEK


Crazy Horse, War Chief of the Sioux Indians of the North American plains, was murdered by white soldiers on September 5th,1877. He was 35.


Soldiers from Fort Robinson came smiling
Pretending friendship to Crazy Horse
Offering the Sioux a lasting peace treaty
But only if the War Chief returned with them.

Trusting lies of those who never honoured any treaty
Crazy Horse rode unarmed into the fort
They barred the gates and held him by the arms
While private William Gentles bayoneted him twice.

Parents of Crazy Horse came to the fort
Took away the body of their warrior son
Secretly buried his majestic heart
At a place called Wounded Knee Creek.

American history records the Indian nations were finally defeated by white soldiers at a place called Wounded Knee Creek on December 29,1890. But it was a massacre. The Indians had surrendered. They were unarmed prisoners when the soldiers opened fire.300 men, women and children were killed.4 men, and 47 women and children survived.

Submitted: Sunday, October 05, 2008
Edited: Thursday, July 05, 2012

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  • Tailor Bell (7/15/2009 8:47:00 PM)

    a dark foreboding time in American history and certainly nothing for us to be proud of. a grim accounting, Colin, and worthwhile work. -Tailor (Report) Reply

  • Sonny Rainshine (11/24/2008 10:45:00 AM)

    Surely one of the most disgraceful events in United States history. The US has managed in the past to rise above its atrocities and mistakes; let's hope that with a new administration and a bright, conscientious new president we will get back on the right track. Sincere and articulate elegy for a courageous and noble Native American. (Report) Reply

  • Carl Harris (11/19/2008 9:41:00 PM)

    Having been sympathetic toward the American Indian since my early youth, I liked your fine poem about Crazy Horse considerably, Colin. My knowledge of the American Indian was greatly enchanced by a book written by Dee Brown in 1970
    called 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.' It was essentially a history from the Indian perspective of their dealings with settlers to America from the beginning and until 1890. Needless to say, the Sioux Wars played a big part in the book. Like your terrific poem, it does not paint a pleasant picture of our dealings with the Indians. I was so moved by the book that I eventually wrote a poem called, 'Land of Hope And Dreams Yet to Be' about the plight of 20th century American Indians. It may not be a great as your superb poem is, but it expresses my feelings towards the way the Indian had been treated by our government. Sadly, the last 'official' massacre of Indians occured at Wounded Knee in 1890. The advent of casino gambling on Indian owned property virtually revolutionized Indian life in America, all in the space of thirty or so short years. They were no longer at the mercy or whim of the government for their livelihood or education. They have prospered where prior to that they had lived in utter poverty for generations. I still like to think that Mr. Brown's great book played a role in this turnabout. Carl. (Report) Reply

  • June Feir-Cruz (10/7/2008 3:55:00 PM)

    Very compelling poem...subterfuge and deceit, as old as time....lesson we all have to learn... (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (10/5/2008 3:36:00 AM)

    very touching Colin, a war hero felled by unethical soldiers. it is so sad that millions have fallen prey to subterfuge. how tragic for those who live on.10 (Report) Reply

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