i once met a man at Old Fort Laramie

who told me news of the Battle at the Little Big Horn

one of America’s enduring mysteries

he had been on a dig at the battle site

the first one ever

it yielded evidence from the ground

that revealed a different tale than legend and memories believed

memories of those who had been there were wrong

fractured, bent, created

real to them perhaps, but wrong

memories cannot really connect us to our past

we create our memories

and ourselves

for what do we know of ourselves

but memories?

10/14/18 LV
Copyright Michael Douglas Scott