CREATING SMOKE SIGNALS

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history lesson

Submitted: January 19, 2013

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perhaps you may have wondered

why a green light means, "let's go"
or why a red light indicates
that stopping's apropos
.
it's all because the indians
used smoke whipped up by scribes
with many different colors
to reflect their diatribes
.
a warrior out on the plains
would look out for a sign
the village would use colored smoke
their status,to define
.
the village, if it was besieged
would have that message spread
the fire built with materials
 to make the smoke turn red
.
the warrior was warned
that he'd be open to attack
and that he must be wary
on the trails that he took back
.
the village, if it was at peace
with atmosphere, serene
the fire built with materials
to make the smoke turn green
.
the warrior then knew
that he would have a friendly path
and would not be subjected to
a violent aftermath
.
but what about those yellow lights ?
that cautionary glare
the white man was the one
that had included them in there
.
i'm sure there is a lot of times
that yellow signal saves
but yellow stands for cowardice
and indians are braves
 


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