Cahokia

Smoke rising from a hundred
                        cooking fires
Voices floating from a thousand
                        murmured conversations
Earthen mounds rising like bumps
                        on an old man’s face

The fires doused
the voices silenced
the mounds long scraped
                       and smoothed

Eagles still smell
                       lingering smoke
Deer still hear
                       final whispers
Ghosts still walk
                       vanished hills

Only the land remembers

In its time, Cahokia was one of the largest cities in the world. Today, its largest mound is preserved at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and Museum.

Illustration (top): Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and Art Grossman
Photograph (bottom): Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

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3 Responses to Cahokia

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  2. Jingle says:

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    Voices floating from a thousand
    murmured conversations

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