by William Bingen, our grandson, his first poem

The white people took his land.
Earned respect from his people.
Confidently fought in battles.
United the Shawnee People with his bravery.
Many people didn’t believe the white people had the right to take the land.
Shawnee battled the new settlers.
Earth is beloved to them.
He died in the Battle of Thames in 1813.


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16 responses to “Tecumseh

  1. He should be congratulated! Clearly he has a great interest in and growing understanding of the history of North America’s recent (often tragic) centuries.

  2. Wonderful poem, makes me think deeply.

  3. My Grandfather spent time in the USA and learnt about the Shawnee … games we played I was Big Chief Sitting Bull and he was always Tecumseh. Sweet memories. Thank you William & Thomas. Love David

  4. Julie Catherine

    This is a terrific acrostic – congrats to your grandson, William, on his first poem, and thank you so much for sharing it with us! You have another budding poet in the family, and I can certainly understand why when I read yours and Ethel’s works, Thomas. Very well done, William! ~ Julie 🙂

  5. I see talent runs in the family! Terrific, William!

  6. Scriptor Obscura

    This is an excellent poem! Congratulations to you, William! Keep on writing!

  7. A wonderful poem, an amazing first effort.

  8. You are a poet William,

    Few words, lots said – the mark of a good poem


  9. Wonderful acrostic poem!Welcome to the wonderful world of poetry William,there are no limitations as to what you can write except those imposed by self.I’m looking forward to more from you.~ Selena

  10. Clever use of an acrostic poem to tell his story

  11. Another gifted member of your family – what a wonderful acrostic poem! (His first one??)

    And this Native American topic is near and dear to my heart…

  12. Reading this in England, and not knowing about Tecumseh, this succinct and vivid poem is a valuable education for me. Please tell William I’m grateful – but don’t let him set me any tests 🙂

  13. Excellent teaching acrostic on Tecumseh! You have earned more respect amongst us for Tecumseh and the Shawnee with this post!

  14. A good poem!

    Reminds me of a snippet of one of Dylan’s songs I have always loved:

    Writing up some deeds
    He said, “Let’s set up a fort
    And start buying the place with beads”

  15. Excellent! What a talented family you are!

  16. Beautiful and intelligent poetry! Impressive for his first poem. I can see he is taking after both of you with his creativity!

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