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by Mike Amado
Monday, July 11, 2011
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from The Book of Arrows



I had a teacher who was a weekend archeologist.

She brushed the ground for Native leftovers . . .


a form of human interaction.   She affirmed:

“I don’t study any Indian under three hundred years old.”


I told her I was a poet. Her eyes subdued by inquisition,

her question scraped me slightly . . .


“You mean like Byron, Shelley or Keats?”

“No, not quite,” I said . . .  “I’m alive.”


My sole proof of humanness is that I create.

I can’t determine what will be smothered, what will erode


or resist burial and rise from the soil protruding

like noncurrent bones forming fingers,


fingers of swimming hands,

swimming in soil-waves.


Can’t say if brushes will dust my words

as proof of signs of life and standing the test of time.


Like my Native blood,

poetry is a live fish, un-caught.


The watchers around me are Baudelaire, Blake and Bly;

Shaman and Storyteller.   Just to be alive with a found soul


is all the test I have time for.


We are bones swimming in soil-waves,


we emerge with a sunken jewel -


that’s all the test we have time for.

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