Through the Dark

from Among Thieves by Jared Grabb Among Thieves



There was ice on the river and grey skies overhead.
It was cold in the encampment under Henri “Iron Hand.”
“Heart Break” is what he called it ‘fore Tonti left them in that place.
The winter’d been a long one, and word spread it wasn’t safe.
So, they took what they could carry. (They) took the guns and the food.
Then, they lit the blaze and headed north through the woods.
Stumble through the dark, hands grasping the way.
When word comes to Fort St. Louis of deserters and their shame,
and then word of La Salle as he lies in the grave,
Tonti’s granted power to preside over trade.
And, when he heads south, to follow is my fate.
I am a man of God in a country yet untamed.
I will raise the cross, muskets firing in praise.
Stumble through the dark, hands grasping the way.
Now, here I lie in Mobile, and heaven soon awaits.
They couldn’t help me in Paris nor at Pimiteoui.
I was a shepherd of souls, with the help of young Marie.
But, the Peoria were ungrateful. They put an arrow in me.
It seems, if you rob a people of their history and their ways,
then you marry off their daughters, there could be hell to pay.
Stumble through the dark, hands grasping the way.


from Among Thieves, released June 5, 2020


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