Friday, 23 of February of 2018

Philip Wright – The Red Buffalo

When Wildfire ran forever,
before our Westward-Ho,
Native Americans knew it
as the Red Buffalo.
Then came the pilgrims of progress
fleeing persecution,
God’s own white man:
the Crown of Evolution.

They cleared the land of Natives
with applied genocide,
and changed the Natural Order
with traps and cyanide.
They claimed the precious soil
with axes and deceit,
and introduced the eco-ethic
of the balance sheet.

A drumming beat summons
Eagle, Wolf, Arapaho;
The Circle is waiting
For the Red Buffalo.

Commerce marches on
with no sign of stopping
our competitive consumption
and aerobic shopping.
Yet to starving masses
we’re so damned thick-skinned
we let our cow-feeding fields
waste away on the wind.

And multinational bankers
trade a currency of disgrace,
killing tribal cultures
with a lap-top data base.
They are the Christian soldiers
spreading democracy
for global competition
and political hypocrisy.

Broken spirits weep
and dreams escape
from the unsustainable madness
of planetary rape.
When their babies die of hunger
and they’re begging on their knees
we’ll ship them toxic garbage
in exchange for all their trees.

We stand at the abyss
Watching Eternity flow
As fires of anger rage
In the Red Buffalo.

One delightful moon-mad night
within our lunatic dreams
we’ll wake ourselves up choking
on each other’s screams.
We will stand upon the gallows
of what we have let loose,
for Nature gladly gave us
both–the rope, and the noose.

Unwept and forgotten
On greed’s death row
Dreaming of revenge
Is the Red Buffalo.

When unquenchable fires
on Wild Prairies rise
from Earth’s stirring bones
and unquiet eyes,
Bison will again thunder
like a rolling drum,
as Dust Winds shake
and Snake Rattles hum.

Honor our Earth
Or you will know
The avenging flame
Of the Red Buffalo.

Philip Wright

The Red Buffalo was written as a tribute to the Illinois State University chapter of EF! which chose that name for their new chapter.

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