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…

The Big Meeting

Thunderheads of Minds loomed menacingly on the horizon. The meeting began, instantaneous and voluble— A sprinkling of words A showering of thoughts A gushing of sincerity A drenching of facts and names Then, a flushing torrent of opinions— A flashing of negative feeling Quickly followed by thunderous applause. Finally, a faint rainbow of reconciliation. And after it all had evaporated…

The Black Sea’s Water Tastes Like Tears

I watch the waves roll over me, I feel the water batter its boundary. Jagged land’s teeth restrain me, resisting This warm salt embrace that calms and compels me To enter an ocean of tears From when Creator cried (When he lost me). Adding my own drops I reach for stars— Faraway holes in Heaven’s floor— I wonder if he…

Winds of Breath Blow

In darkness millions of stars shoot and float about this vast universe casting magic spells Fragments of light and zaps of energy collect into clear turquoise blue sky embrace Winds of breath blow across this blessed North American continent Nookoonan—our home Majestic Rocky Mountains surround Ninastako—Chief Mountain rolling hills, golden plains, and green valleys vibrant streams, turbulent rivers, and smooth…