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On the Capture and Imprisonment of Crazy Snake, January, 1900

by Alexander Posey, 1910

Down with him! chain him! bind him fast!
    Slam to the iron door and turn the key!
The one true Creek, perhaps the last
    To dare declare, “You have wronged me!”
Defiant, stoical, silent,
    Suffers imprisonment!
Such coarse black hair! such eagle eye!
    Such stately mien!—how arrow-straight!
Such will! such courage to defy
    The powerful makers of his fate!
A traitor, outlaw,—what you will,
    He is the noble red man still.
Condemn him and his kind to shame!
    I bow to him, exalt his name!

Published in The Poems of Alexander Lawrence Posey
Tags: rebellion, social justice

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