In great sorrow it grows
A beautiful white rose
Nourished by silent rain
the result of the Cherokee's pain

Taken in evil greed and pillages
Cherokees were driven from their villages
So heavy of spirit and heart
As their clans were torn apart

Stripped of dignity and pride
tears and blood fell along the trail's side
Where so many hearts died
Cherokee hearts looked up to the sky
Their brave spirits asked the Creator why ...

 When women and children were weak and dying
Some kneeling at broken bodies lying ...
All along the trail's struggling line ...
The Braves asked the Creator for a sign

There along the heartbroken trail
where their spirit's teardrops fell
White roses bloomed along the way
as their brave hearts trudged each day

Despite heart breaking cold snows
Clans separated and tears shed
Along our heart's trail forever grows
a beautiful white Cherokee rose

The spirit of this beautiful white rose
in Cherokee hearts still grows ...
From hearts and spirits so pained
Today her beauty is yet retained ...
A symbol of hope and pride regained

Wherever over the clans four winds blow
does the heart of the rose grow
Where teardrops did pour
Cherokee rose blooms forevermore


Barbara LaBarbera
2003 used with permission

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