Alexander Posey

Spring in Tulwa Thlocco

Alexander Lawrence Posey was an American poet, humorist, journalist, and politician in the Creek Nation. He founded the Eufaula Indian Journal in 1901, the first Native American daily newspaper.

*Tulwa Thlocco—A large settlement of people. This settlement lies on the north side of the Oktahatchee.

Thro’ the vine-embowered portal blows
  The fragrant breath of summer-time;
Far, the river, brightly winding, goes
  With murmurs falling into rhyme.
It is spring in Tulwa Thlocco now;
  The fresher hue of grass and tree
All but hides upon the mountain’s brow
  The green haunts of the chickadee.
There are drifts of plum blooms, snowy white,
  Along the lane and greening hedge;
And the dogwood blossoms cast a light
  Upon the forest’s dusky edge.
Crocus, earliest flower of the year,
  Hangs out its starry petals where
The spring beauties in their hiding peer,
  And the red-buds crimson all the air.