Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Tiger Song and To Y. Red Corn

Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Tiger Song and To Y. Red Corn

Tiger Song is a poem written in love and honor of an amazing friend and inspiration of mine, Lisa Tiger. She is a strong and beautiful Muscogee woman. She has given much for many people through her activism and advocacy. She has the softest heart but the fiercest spirit. She is a Warrior Woman. A blessing and gift to the world and all who know her.

Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley. Today Tiger Song and To Y. Red Corn

Lisa Tiger

Tiger Song

for Lisa

A winding road
Between truth & tragedy.
Night pressing hard,
Mourning journey past rustling wings.
Listen to the dead sing.
Those who were before us leave a trail.
Plant our suffering & leave it.
Honor the things
That are our identity.
What is present
Not that which is absent.
The heart of everything that is.
There is no other way.
We leave this broken world
In favor of our own.


To Y. Red Corn

Out of the disquietude of time
I walk through lonely streets.
No one comes for my touch.
I teach myself ways not to mourn.
Trail my fingers over your worn words fallen flat,
Like tracing the whole of you from memory.
I keep writing as if it might fill this silent emptiness.
I dream of small deaths still in the mouth of the world,
Tearing me apart by pieces.
Sluggish displacing vertigo.
I wish to hide away from the sequencing of fate.
Devoid of the mystical sense of
Sacrificial love & need.
Dark edges of never ending desire.
Why must you slide through my pages?
Grief transformed into beads I string
For your ornamentation.
Slow movement of the moon
In its long trip through the stars.
It is taking so long to get
My heart to change its beating.
My mind to stop its thinking
About you,
One hot evening in Padua,
& the roof.
I know the way this story ends.

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View Comments (2)
  • Amazing poem for a ‘Tiger’ Woman. Congratulations, Melissa.

  • Isabel del Rio

    Beautiful poetry in honor of a great Woman, I see. Yareah Magazine is happy. We have very many honorable people with us. Congratulations, Melissa.


Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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