The Dark Side of December
Mary Black Bonnet
A huge chasm flows
for Lakota between Christmas and the New Year.
The date burned into our hearts, our minds, our memories;
even if we weren't there.
December 29, 1890.
When the snow was stained
with the blood of the helpless.
If you're quiet, you can hear the screams of terror,
the terrified cries of innocent babies, the trampling feet.
The horrific deafening Gun shots;
the thud of bodies.
The bitter snow underneath, as souls left bodies;
only to be bound to earth.
If you're not sickend,
you're not paying attention.
Celebrate your holidays,
ring in your new year.
But send a prayer, a song,
a whisper up, for lives lost.