Krissmarie (krissmarie) wrote,
Krissmarie
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Sure You Can Ask Me A Personal Question...

I love this poem.


How do you do?
No, I am not Chinese.
No, not Spanish.
No, I am American Indi-uh, Native American.
No, not from India.
No, not Apache.
No, not Navajo.
No, not Sioux.
No, we are not extinct.
Yes, Indian.
Oh?
So that’s where you got those high cheekbones.
Your great grandmother, huh?
An Indian Princess, huh?
Hair down to there?
Let me guess. Cherokee?
Oh, so you’ve had an Indian friend?
That close?
Oh, so you’ve had an Indian lover?
That tight?
Oh, so you’ve had an Indian servant?
That much?
Yeah, it was awful what you guys did to us.
It’s real decent of you to apologize.
No, I don’t know where you can get peyote.
No, I don’t know where you can get Navajo rugs real cheap.
No, I didn’t make this. I bought it at Bloomingdale’s.
Thank you. I like your hair too.
I don’t know if anyone knows whether or not Cher is really Indian.
No, I didn’t make it rain tonight.
Yeah. Uh-huh. Spirituality.
Uh-huh. Yeah. Spirituality. Uh-huh. Mother.
Earth. Yeah. Uh’huh. Uh’huh. Spirituality.
No, I didn’t major in archery.
Yeah a lot of us drink too much.
Some of us can’t drink enough.
This ain’t no stoic look.
This is my face.

-Diane Burns



After reading this it makes me somewhat proud to be 12.5% Creek.
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I love this poem...so true
I love it too. The tone is so fabulous.