young men and women giving
their all, their bodies and hearts
to win something for themselves
and their tribes.
young hiawatha ran the gauntlets
of his day, canoe, arrow, trial by
fire, for the sake of his love and
the indian maid.
nobility writ upon young brows
who will grow older knowing that
once they stood upon the pinnacles
and did not flinch.
even in failure there was no fault
giving all was all that could be asked
and the knowledge that once there
was everything on the line.