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Day 310 November 6

In 5th line on November 6, 2009 at 8:17 am

“All night, as ’twere the frozen prairie’s soul that voiced a hopeless longing for the spring, the wolves assailed with mournful questioning the starry deeps of that tremendous hush.”~~from “The Song of Three Friends” by John G. Neihardt in A Cycle of the West

Epic poetryat its best from Nebraska’s former Poet Laureate.

Day 306 November 2

In 5th line on November 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

“The soldier band went first, riding twenty abreast, and anybody who dared go ahead of them would get knocked off his horse.”~~Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt

Former Nebraska Poet Laureate John G. Neihardt traveled to South Dakota to meet with Black Elk, a Sioux. The story is filled with symbolism and mythology, while at the same time, shows the wish of the Sioux for peace. Brilliant!

Day 246 September 3

In 5th line on September 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

“Then presently, men say, a white chief reeled; rolled from his saddle; like a man gone daft got up and doddered, tugging at a shaft that sprouted from his belly.”~~The Twilight of the Sioux by John G. Neihardt

Former Nebraska Poet Laureate John G. Neihardt’s look at the American West and the treatment of the Sioux Indian tribe.