Ballad of Plenty Horses
By Mike Strom
Plenty Horses blew Lieutenant Casey’s brains
Out with one well placed shot from
His repeating rifle from five yards behind
A bullet that entered the back of the head and
Came out his eye carrying the proud leader of the
Cheyenne scouts brains all over his horse, and
Pitching him on the ground before Pine Ridge.
Plenty Horses was ashamed because he went
To the Carlisle school for 5 years and he missed
The slaughter at Wounded Knee by a day.
Casey’s killing took place in January of 1891.
Casey, reconnoitering, rode out ahead of his scouts
And Plenty Horses met him
On his war pony to stop him from advancing Toward the village…
Wounded Knee on his mind,
An ill recorded, much disputed argument
Between the antagonists occurred and
Plenty horses did the deed he was aching to do,
Honor preserved, he rode his pony Back to the res.
He got off, a surprise, after a mistrial
When the judge threw in the towel,
Saying it was an act of war and not a murder at all
Thus allowing the Wounded Knee massacre
To be an heroic action with 3 Medal of Honor
Awarded to soldiers who tossed 250 Indian Corpses
Proud Oglala warriors, squaws, children
And old men into a mass grave where the soldiers
Posed heroically above ghostly dancers
Transformed into newly minted martyrs.