These Things and More

it’s like living in a house where you can’t see the sun set it’s like losing your toe because you’re diabetic and didn’t want to listen to the doc about your diet it’s like herding twelve sheep you never named or like sitting alone in a packed auditorium that declares “We Are All Equal!” it’s like your sister not recognizing…

A Feather

As I lay sleeping I was dreaming, Dreaming of a child I once was. I was sitting in a circle, a sacred circle. In this circle were the people of our past. They were laughing and having a good time. The fire burned bright, casting deep shadows of its light. An old man entered, a medicine man it seemed. The…

Old Man’s Son’s Vision Quest

In a dream one enchanted night when the stars were out and the moon was ripe I met a man who was wise and old. He wore a warbonnet of heavenly gold; His braids were long as mountains ran and in his eyes I could see the land. He gave me a bow of waters blue; he said it would…

Sovereign

Long ago when the earth and a people were one, they lived proud and true Their eyes sparkled like the bright stars on a dark blue night Their hearts were pure as the pale plains Their blood rich as the red clay All this I see when I look at our nation’s stars and stripes So we shall not forget…

We Real Cool, Too

To my nephews Bo and Jonny, the Wanta-bes We walk with our pants so low that we can shovel the snow. We talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk. In this small town, we’re the meanest, the baddest, the all-around maddest. We’re the wanta-be gangsters. We stay out late to show our parents we’re full of hate. We stay…

It’s All Good

A ray of the sun peeks over the mountain A cold trickle of water slides down to the nearby stream Furry animals come out of their hiding places Gusts of smoke as you exhale the evening air Billowing dust clouds emerge after the car passes In the midst of it all, you see figures everywhere Open fireplace, small giggles, faded…

She is a Daughter

She is a daughter She is a mother She is a sister She is a grandmother Her young ample body walking in the snow feet bleeding face numbing Ghosts on horses telling her to move along She falls She takes her mother’s hands She will not survive the walk walking towards the sunset Death will find her tomorrow Embraceable Death…

Rebirth of Day

The sky is a black abyss, When hints of a dim glow appear. Minutes tick away. A startling red sweeps across the sky, Like paint on a black canvas. Then all is still. Minutes tick away, but it seems like hours. Raging streaks of brilliant hues fly across the sky, Like an artist in a fury to finish a painting….

Live Fast, Love Hard, and Die Young

To my brother Do you know that my earliest memory of you was when I rode on your shoulder? You dropped me, and I cut my head. The scar is still there. Later, I remember you helping our mother a lot, taking care of us little ones, Even though we were girls and shamed your pride. I remember you washing…

Superficial Wounds

They really beat up the bear; That was when he left home. I think it was to find true love— Little did he know it never was far, Nor did anyone figure that was his goal. Everyone thought he was just a bear, doing what bears do; Leaving for a while but sooner or later to return. Five years passed…