Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Train of Thought: Nicholas Black Elk

"Now that I can see it all as from a lonely hilltop, I know it was the story of a mighty vision given to a man too weak to use it; of a holy tree that should have flourished in a people's heart with flowers and singing birds, and now is withered; and of a people's dream that died in bloody snow."

--Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) on the Battle at Wounded Knee

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Not Poetry in Motion, but a new Train of Thought

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

--Robert Frost (1874-1963), "Dust of Snow"

First spotted on the D Train, January 7, 2010