Real Bird, Henry
Henry Real Bird, born and raised on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana, is a rancher, a poet, and a teacher at Northern Cheyenne Tribal School. The author of numerous poetry collections and children's books, Real Bird shares his poetry and love of the Crow language at schools throughout Montana. In "Thought," the speaker's grandfather compares thought to clouds, shadows and fog. To be "among the clouds" of thought is to draw close to "he who first did everything." Unlike clouds and mountains, "the blessings of our mother earth," human beings are "born as someone new" and "have to be taught/The good from the bad." This poems raises themes related to education, heritage and tradition, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
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Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.