HIS TRAIL OF TEARS by Shane Queener

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photo by Danita Queener

HIS TRAIL OF TEARS
by Shane Queener

The hum of the diesel, a drone drum roar.
A song of the past, silenced and heard no more.
It’s their world, their way, a violent machine.
Caught up in the rhythm, lukewarm and lean.
No sweet grass growing, no sage in bloom.
technological turmoil, with lawns to groom.
A bear trapped, in a sprung jaw clamp.
Caged without hope, like a songbird tramp.

He’s a raven soul in a black crow world,
Muscles tight and tense, knuckles knotted and knurled.
Rolling down 40, the big city nears.
Parallel to history, his trail of tears.

They travelled this path, also against will.
A people robbed of mission, sullen, silent, still.
Decades ago, yet a slave to the curse.
Same song, modern music, who knows what verse.
They all have tunnel vision, traveling in a fog.
Magpies scavenging through soot, smut, and smog.
The candle is dim. yet the flame still burns.
This path he’ll travel, for the West he yearns.

He’s a raven soul in a black crow world,
muscles tight and tense, knuckles knotted and knurled.
Rolling down 40, the big city nears.
Parallel to history, his trail of tears.

© 2014, Shane Queener, used with permission
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Musician, songwriter, poet, former bare-back rider, and all-around good guy Shane Queener is currently exiled to Tennessee. He comments on this poem, “Being a bit ‘displaced,’ a longing for the West is consistently capturing my thoughts. Words, although sometimes hard to find, are an important venue for me to make an attempt to express the emotions associated with the daily reminders that, ‘this isn’t Wyoming.’ Thankfully, happiness isn’t relegated to whatever state I am in. But, the longing, the passion, and the deepest desire to stay connected to the West, and its way of life, are certainly at the core of who I am.”

But he blooms where he is planted. He’s the force behind the Poets & Punchers performance and event venue in Lebanon, Tennessee, “a monthly soiree of cowpokes and rounders to showcase singer/songwriters and to bring a taste of the West to Wilson County.” Find more about Poets & Punchers here on Facebook.

Shane is also an organizer of the First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, and hosted by American Heritage Trees ). Performers include Jeff Swanson, Ronie Powell, Troy Powell, Ray Doyle,
and Woody Woodruff.

Shane obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Find more about the event here on Facebook and here on this blog.

See more about Shane Queener at CowboyPoetry.com.

This photo is by Danita Queener.