Big Hole National Battlefield is ten miles from Wisdom, Montana.
On this site on August 9, 1877, gunshots at dawn woke a camp of Nez Perce.
Many died here: 31 soldiers and volunteers and nearly 90 Nez Perce—the majority women, children, and elderly. They say you can still hear their cries.
The place warrants many words, but few came:
Naked willows, blood red
Crusty snow, glaring white
Big sky sees all—blue.
Such a short and long distance from wisdom.