Blood and Wisdom

Big Hole National Battlefield is ten miles from Wisdom, Montana.

Big Hole National Battlefield

On this site on August 9, 1877, gunshots at dawn woke a camp of Nez Perce.

Big Hole National Battlefield

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.

Big Hole National Battlefield

The place warrants many words, but few came:

Naked willows, blood red
Crusty snow, glaring white
Big sky sees all—blue.

Place remembers.

Big Hole National Battlefield

Such a short and long distance from wisdom.


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