Thank you to everyone who participated in the park’s first poetry contest. It was a fantastic event in a very unique year and we want to congratulate everyone on submitting incredible poems! Here you can read the top six submissions, as judged by our panel. Use the navigation panel below to find a poem by its title.
A MOUND BUILDER SPEAKS
by David Tillis
We are gone now.
we are vanished into the everlasting mists which must ultimately envelope all peoples and tribes who live upon this land.
And with us have disappeared also the meaning and sanctity of our ancient temples, some of which yet survive.
and when you arrived,
To you, the places we considered holy were merely inconvenient piles of dirt,
which you recklessly and heedlessly destroyed with your wagons and plows and horses to make room for your own farms and fields.
You did not understand what they meant to those who built them.
and you can never be certain,
what these ancient earthworks signify.
The knowledge of their significance remains with us,
and we are gone.
From the votive artifacts we left behind in the mounds in which we buried our honored dead,
you can only guess and speculate about our beliefs.
Regarding the purposes for which the earthwork complex s were constructed,
you have no clear idea.
The mysteries of our faith and what once took place here will forever remain hidden from you;
you will never know the unseen facts of our history.
We rest now behind the Great Silence and smile quietly at your ignorance.
love it -- respect it -- care for it,
For the time being, it is yours.
This land is sacred...
BLUE BONESET, HOPEWELL NATIONAL MONUMENT
by Kathleen Burgess
SAID ALOUD AT A PLACE CALLED HOPEWELL MONUMENT
by Jack Burgess
THE GREAT SERPENT MOUND AT SOLSTICE
by Vicki Pritchard
WHAT IS LEFT?
by Mary Ellen Rapp
by Donna Steward
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Last updated: March 30, 2021