Dreams Fleeced

Women – stop your weeping.

Men – stop your whining.

Glory does not speak to victims.


Brother Tall Bear

flushed veins with poison –

a Horse he could not ride.

Sister Small Hare

kissed Mad Dog twenty-twenty,

claimed “Sir Oasis”

in liver,

no onions.

Rehab times eight –



Victim mentality –

neutral abnormality,


Addicts in the attic.

Debasement in the basement.



a sole choice

for a choice soul.


for the dead.


for the dying.


He to live again.

She to keep on living.

Glory does not need the needy.


Bleeding hearts,


wasted effort is unwise.

Despise reserve,

hold ‘um down

with victim crowns.

Poverty with sovereignty;

no golden eagle

for red-tail hawks.

Cost of freedom –

pay the spirit people,

but when Promise is paid

what’s free is lost.

The First People —

most are laid waste

when lies tell the truth

of broken characters.

Medicine Man,

time for seeing,

healing time.

Visions swept,

rolling waves,

flood of tears,

wept for red dust.

Ashes to ashes,

crimson clay,

blood skin

on blood kin.

Peyote –

quest to see.


or Spirit Guide?

Trickster’s lies –


Claw of bear.

Winter buffalo hides.

The long white season

never seems to cease.

First greetings,

meetings and treaties,

then hunger and thirst.

Curse the white season.

Pale People released.

Rez Council thrive,

elders survive,

red labor strive:

Indigenous dreams fleeced.


© JW Thomas


18 thoughts on “Dreams Fleeced

    • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 3:33 am

      When I was there doing research it often felt oppressive because of the victim mentality that so many bought into over the years.

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      • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 3:36 am

        Quite a few have, but not enough; although I have some really good friends from the rez.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 4, 2016 / 3:41 am

        I think I have only known one full-blood Indian. ( Native American still sound weird to me.) She was Choctaw. I had to threaten to whip her ass. Lol

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      • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 3:43 am

        Well, I hope you agreed to a peace treaty in the end, my friend… ha ha

        And I’ve got so many full-blood relatives I wouldn’t know where to start the count.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 4, 2016 / 3:52 am

        She and I developed an uneasy truce after a time. She was the type of person who made cutting, hurtful remarks to people and passed it off as joking. At work, she would pick on the meek. One day I had enough when she made a friend cry, so I took her aside and told her she needed to cut that shit out. I guess she knew I meant what I said because she calmed down. I don’t know why your post made me think of her. The incident happened about 20 years ago.

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      • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 3:54 am

        Well, you know how I feel about people that bully the weaker and meeker. We’ve discussed that quite a bit in another area, my friend. I’m glad you stuck up for her. Most people don’t want to get involved.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 4, 2016 / 4:03 am

        Since I am a “lady” it may be hard for you to believe, but in my school days, I was in quite a few physical altercations because I hated seeing people picked on. I did my fair share of whooping a few bullies upside the head. Got called into the principal’s office a few times too.

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      • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 4:06 am

        Actually you mentioned something about that once before. And I’ve seen other females doing the same thing. Most of the guys just wanted to egg on the fights. I don’t mind as long as it is in self-defense or for the defense of others. But I’ve stepped over that line more time than I want to admit to when I was younger.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 4, 2016 / 4:15 am

        Though I spoke up for others when in grade school, I was in junior high before I actually hit people over their bullying. I probably had my own anger issues coming into play also, but didn’t realize it at the time.

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      • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 4:16 am

        The anger issues we’ve talked about on another forum, my friend. So I understand.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 4, 2016 / 4:23 am

        Yes, a lot of people carry around an enormous amount of anger, and don’t realize it until someone points it out to them.

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      • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 4:24 am

        Hopefully they take the steps necessary to begin getting rid of it. It does them no good to hold onto it.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark April 4, 2016 / 4:31 am

        No, it doesn’t. But as for me, there are a few people still living that when they die, I won’t morn their death.

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      • jwtatfbc April 4, 2016 / 4:32 am

        You need to talk with me on another forum to delve into this, my friend. I’m really interested in where it’s going.

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