American Native

Slaughtered and displaced

defiled, defaced and

stripped of their grace

A culture


swallowed by time

Bludgeoned by white vanity

Split open by Christianity

Ravaged and poked

Beaten and broke

Set fire and stoked

Promised the world

And granted a sliver

Died in the snow

And bled in the river

The deceit

and the lies


their skies

and the white man’s

words strangled

their cries

Then, a felonious bribe

To the rightful tribe,

relegated to the dusty

barren yet rusty

minimal subsistence,

 tin shack existence

In America

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