One Twenty Nine

You were your mother’s son
and a fine brother
and had a strong relationship to animals.

You were a community leader
who cared for his people
for years
during quite tumultuous times.
You did what you could
and you did quite a lot.

Not everyone would agree with you
but you didn’t shy away from a fight
or two.
In that way
you were brave.
Certainly, you were willing
to hew your own distinct path.

You’ve been an inspiration
for so many
and your thoughts live on
to this very day.
On your birthday
may your candle burn hot
and long
for you
forever.

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