‘The Indian Ballad Of Gitchy Naigow (A Sestina)’ by Douglas Thornton The Society April 2, 2013 Poetry 2 Comments Oh sad age, how the years will pass us by, Pass us and then our last visions refuse, Refuse us to look on our childhood skies: Oh daughter I am a burden to you, And this vision of mine, oh cherished lake, Passes my mind and troubles me too late. Now that harsh spring has at last come too late, But too late my strength has now past me by, Too late to traverse these trails to that lake: This last trial of life my legs must refuse. Oh daughter I am a burden to you, A burden of clouds that fill your spring skies! These trails from that lake I took in fall skies, But winter, too cold, my return makes late! Oh daughter I am a burden to you, And feel that your breath is thus weakened by The burdens I’ve made, though none I refuse— Should you get weaker, drown me in some lake! Now the snow melts, and the sun thaws the lake, And the clouds have cleared from these blooming skies! These flowers are bloomed but I can’t refuse The cold and stiff pains I’ve had as of late, Too late now to feel the warm air nearby. Oh daughter I am a burden to you! Oh daughter I am a burden to you For daring to walk away from that lake, For thinking my strength would not pass me by, For wanting to hunt before these great skies! My daughter, oh daughter, day’s getting late, It’s time we should both my burden refuse. ‘Father, I’m weak, but I will not refuse!’ Oh daughter I am a burden to you! ‘Our journey was long, and though spring was late, I’ve suffered this strain to last to that lake— That lake, at last, separates from these skies, And on its banks now, I’ll set you down by.’ Douglas Thornton is a poet and English teacher living in France. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Chris April 4, 2013 Thumbs up Douglas Reply pan card online October 23, 2018 Great poem and i have really enjoyed with your sounds here. It is getting some of freshness in mind to hear it. I have read each and every lines again and again. and also try to make poem in my college life. But in this pages are getting blessed to get your post here. Rhyme is good and well to be write also. I am getting pleasure to read this and surprised to read your post here Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.