Sharing Shiprock

~ Looking across the great San Juan Basin, where stands a Leviathan stone, a shock of rock that stands on its own; a story behind it, above it a dome. The people, Dineh, they call it a home; Dinétah, they say, the desert and dome. Time hath deposit the hulk of a stone: A bulk […] Continue reading

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Story Poem: In Congruence

…. Once a young lad in New Mexico, I lived on a spread where three rivers flow – The Totah, they called it, the Navajo; about which the big bluffs, arose to plateau; around which the sides, the Totah below. These are the plains of a mountainous range, the Great San Juan Basin, of New […] Continue reading

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Tales of the Tribe

  Tales of the Tribe http://wp.me/p102ON-E6  Synopsis: Society creates the stories it tells itself: factual, specious, apocryphal, dishonest; by any rendition, according to Wallace Stevens, will still be a fiction.  Myth wears the clothes of its culture, will always be a social fact, and those who would eschew these basic facets of humanity, will prove […] Continue reading

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Union Station and Paradigm Shift

  An abstract journey through concrete Americana with a lagniappe through the “Great Discussion.” From serious humor to light-hearted gravitas, this is a trip you need to enjoy. Poetic postcards of Americana will be provided for. Our trip commences upon your arrival at Union Station, and continues until we arrive at a Paradigm Shift – […] Continue reading

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Narbona’s Sonnet

  Prologue: The Mexican people, and the native Pueblo, steal from each other, and fight Navajo. Three native nations, just seeking to Be, elides observation, except Apache. ~ Hot! is the color of summer air; boiling, the sand, it spreads everywhere. Water adds value – if only there were; God knows! what value, of nothing […] Continue reading

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Song of Narbona

  ~ So different this New Man,
The Blue Man,
These Dragoons of Kearny. I see him – But he, He doesn’t see me! A New Man, This Blue Man, Pale-faced as white sand, A fraction of men, Sent here by Kearny. A Blue van Of New Men, The Blue Man new army. He comes at a […] Continue reading

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The Land of Enchantment

~ Once bitten, thence smitten, it’s said, but not written, in the Land of Enchantment, of New Mexico. From Tesuque, a Pueblo, to Mescalero, White Sands, which stands near Alamogordo: The Sunshine State – ‘til as of late; the Land of Enchantment, called New Mexico. Four Corners are calling, the Pecos is sprawling, and the […] Continue reading

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Song of Narbona

~ So different this New Man, The Blue Man, These Dragoons of Kearny. I see him – But he, He doesn’t see me! A New Man, This Blue Man, Pale-faced as white sand, A fraction of men, Sent here by Kearny. A Blue van Of New Men, The Blue Man new army. He comes at […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – Rebellion

V.  Rebellion  ~ The Ninth day of August, Sixteen-Eighty, don Antonio de Otermín, governor and captain of His Majesty’s province, New Mexico Land, states he had  received “Some noteworthy news of general disturbance.”   The Pueblo Indians, now Christian converted, are “convoked, allied, and confederated” to revolt from this Kingdom and destroy all at hand, […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – Popé

IV.  Popé  ~ The strands, knotted leather, each knot of the tether, a message, in passage, denoting together when Pueblo would no longer hide.   A signaling system that signified breaking of the yoke and cruel chaffing chide.   Augusto de Año, Sixteen-Eighty, The High Time had come, the bell had been rung, and the […] Continue reading

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The Unfortunate Colony – A Colony Lost

III.  A Colony Lost ~ Three generations, from Oñate to here, Sixteen-Eighty, and the changes appear:   Caste system conflict among three estates – Religious, Government, and the Colonists – coupled with Distance, which turns to Neglect and Form follows Function to change and correct.   The land was harsh – this has its own […] Continue reading

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Sharing Shiprock

~ Looking across   the great San Juan Basin where stands   a Leviathan stone,   it stands there still!   where Time hath deposit its bulk   in one   huge   hulking dome.   And much will have changed, but the rock stays the same:   It stays, whilst all else   swims […] Continue reading

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Narbona’s Sonnet

Prologue: [The Mexican people, and the native Pueblo, steal from each other, and fight Navajo. Three native nations, just seeking to Be, elides observation, except Apache.]     ~ Hot! is the color of summer air; boiling, the sand, it spreads everywhere. Water adds value – if only there were; God knows! what value, of […] Continue reading

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Code Talkers Tanka

~ communication: a system, language, nation; devotion notion, from the heart; or in the head, when a Rose arose, instead.   ~           this Tanka poem is about WWII and the Navajo involvement. the original poem is at http://wp.me/p102ON-lj     ©2013, Marvin Loyd Welborn

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