Wildfires that raged across the prairie
On the grassland plains long ago
Were aptly named by the Indians
As the dreaded "Red Buffalo."

They devoured the prairie tallgrass
Like a herd of elemental bison
Ranging and grazing on the pasture
Stretching from horizon to horizon.

Whether started by lightening strikes,
By Indian to drive deer and other game,
Or accidentally by early settlers,
The Red Buffalo was a deadly wall of flame.

Consuming the inflammable dry grass,
It would race as fast as a horse can run.
These stampedes of the Red Buffalo
Were a frightful prairie phenomenon.