We All Look Alike

It’s Saturday night. Mamí unwinds the hot rollers from her hair. She stands in her bra and panties; not the large white ones she wears underneath the matching polyester pant and top set—the clothes she cleans in—but the purple bottoms that disappear between her cheeks and the bra that’s nothing but a little bit of lace. Her stance is wide,…

Thunder and Lightning

Medicine Man was in love with Turtle Woman. She was the daughter of Sittingbear. Many men in the camp competed for her attention, although they never won it. Medicine Man did not let this stop him, however. He had asked her father Sittingbear for her hand in marriage. Although denied several times, he was still determined to win Turtle Woman’s…

Of Hand Blooming

Blood slowly traces braided folds of his palm, unwilling to stay dormant. Nomadic. Barren erosions on his skin remind him of thirsty reservation washes, endlessly needing a flood. Gradually his blood looks symmetrical and proportionate, too perfect, like his blood knows where to go, tickling the interior of his palm. His blood splinters, breaching foreign paths, till it takes the…

Where the Ancestors Cried

It was cold outside. I could see the frost on the windows of my parent’s car. I dreaded leaving this warmth, but as I looked at my nephew, I knew I would have to eventually leave the car. Five miles out of the town of Shelby, MT, my dad pulled onto a dirt road. A mile later, he stopped in…

Mix Tape Singing My Tunes

It’s an early winter in September. Koro is making snow angels. He has to get ready for his date. When Koro is at home, he sings baby we got a date. Koro drives to Penny’s place and picks her up. At first she doesn’t want to go because her cat is very sick. “I wish I could fix you,” Penny…

The Bike

The bike stopped. The rusted Red Racer bike skidded to a stop. The stolen old Red Racer bike skidded to a stop, throwing gravel and dirt everywhere. Avoiding the sound of sirens, the stolen Red Racer skidded to a stop throwing gravel and dirt everywhere. A disheveled boy tried to catch his breath as he hid the bike behind a…

Why?

This is far from a normal day for me; I did not get much sleep the last few nights. It was not from too much drink or spending my free time with a two-bit whore. It was from the questions in my head that keep spinning around and around. I still cannot come up with any answers for how this whole thing…

A Rude Awakening?

It’s cold. And when I open my eyes, that coldness engulfs me down to the very fiber of my soul. I reach for the blanket that I know is there, for have I not been here before? Upon opening, my eyes take a few seconds to register my surroundings. It is the shortest few seconds of my life; for it is…

Maki’s Plan

This year your followers need to be cleansed, my brother,” hinted Rujak. Lightning blue flames licked the tall frame of his body radiantly. He spoke to his brother Maki, the sky spirit, who stood attentively watching and listening to many people’s prayers and joys. The smoothness of Maki’s skin made him child-like but was an indicator of his stoic and…

Trial Day

“Wake up! Wake up, Suzy! We’re gonna be late!” My head is pounding from all the shots I was handed last night at the bar. My stomach turns at the mere thought of me moving an inch to the left or right. “Get up! Suz, you have to bring me to the center, I don’t want to miss the trial,”…