Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Once a hunter in the mountains heard a noise at night like a rushing wind outside the cabin,

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and on going out he found that an eagle had just alighted on the drying pole and was tearing at the body of a deer hanging there. Without thinking of the danger, he shot the eagle. In the morning he took the deer and started back to the settlement, where he told what he had done, and the chief sent out some men to bring in the eagle and arrange for an Eagle dance. They brought back the dead eagle, everything was made ready, and that night they started the dance in the townhouse.

[image from google dot com]

About midnight there was a whoop outside and a strange warrior came into the circle and began to recite his exploits. No one knew him, but they thought he had come from one of the farther Cherokee towns. He told how he had killed a man, and at the end of the story he gave a hoarse yell, Hi! that startled the whole company, and one of the seven men with the rattles fell over dead. He sang of another deed, and at the end straightened up with another loud yell. A second rattler fell dead, and the people were so full of fear that they could not stir from their places. Still he kept on, and at every pause there came again that terrible scream, until the last of the seven rattlers fell dead, and then the stranger went out into the darkness. Long afterward

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they learned from the eagle killer that it was the brother of the eagle shot by the hunter. [story The Eagle's Revenge a Cherokee Myth]


the story teller -
quirky gestures tell of
a sacred eagle

© gillena cox

Written for the haiku prompt at
Carpe Diem #752 eagles

here's one written by our host

high in the mountains
seeking for deeper silence
the cry of an eagle
© Chèvrefeuille

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Blogger Janice Adcock said...

Very nicely done to find the story. Your haiku is a wonderful response.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Thotpurge said...

Enjoyed the narrative and the haiku!

9:21 PM  
Anonymous jazzytower said...

Loved the story, it enhanced your haiku.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Janice

Much love...

1:28 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Thotpurge

Much love...

1:29 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Jazz

Much love ...

1:29 AM  
Blogger kaykuala said...

This certainly is a refreshing respite from the usual verses of others. Nicely Gillena!


6:31 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thank you Hank; since i didn't have a personal eagle experience, i see a lot the chicken hawks in flight here; so i opted for the story teller slant instead; for there's where i've met my eagles

glad you liked it

much love...

7:19 AM  
Blogger Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm sure a dance like that would be marvellous to behold!


5:11 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped in Maggie

Much love...

6:13 PM  
Blogger lynn__ said...

Interesting Cherokee story...and dance. Thanks for sharing with your haiku.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Adelaide said...

I enjoyed the story and the haiku.


9:47 PM  
Blogger Kristjaan Panneman said...

WOW .... I am speechless .... what a wonderful post Gillena

10:51 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Lynn

much love...

12:17 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped in Adelaide

much love...

12:17 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thank you Kristjaan

much love...

12:18 PM  

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