You’re not doing well and finally I don’t have to
pretend to be so interested in your on going tragedy,
I’ll rob the bank that gave you the impression that
money is more fruitful than words, and
I’ll cut holes in the ozone if it means you have one less day of rain.
I’ll walk you to the hospital,
I’ll wait in a white room that reeks of hand sanitizer and latex for the results from the MRI scan that tries to
locate the malady that keeps your mind guessing, and
I want to write you a poem every day until my hand breaks
and assure you that you’ll find your place,
the world has a funny way of
hiding spots fertile enough for
bodies like yours to grow roots.
I miss you like a dart hits the iris of a bullseye,
or a train ticket screams 4:30 at 4:47, I
wanted to tell you that it’s my birthday on Thursday
and I would have wanted you to
give me the gift of your guts on the floor, one last time,
to see if you still had it in you.
I hope our ghosts aren’t eating you alive.
If I’m to speak for myself, I’ll tell you that
the universe is twice as big as we think it is
and you’re the only one that made that idea
I would love and appreciate any added examples, thoughts, and opinions y’all have, please chime in!
ex.) I don’t know if this is sacred or important but I am going to take it and wear it because it will make me look worldly and unique.
ex.) I do not know much about Native Americans so I am going to go to this powwow, watch, and ask questions. If I see a necklace I want to buy I will ask the seller if it is appropriate for me to have this. I will also ask the seller what it may mean and the history behind it. When I wear it later and someone asks me about it I will tell them what the person who sold it to me said.
Appropriation: participating, misusing, or applying a cultural aspect that does not belong to you without permission and/or without having earned the right to do so.
Appreciation: I will research this culture. I will study their history, their art, dance, and music. I will learn what I can in a respectful manner. I will not participate in activities that are not meant for me. If I am invited into an activity I will ask about how to show respect and what to do.
This is great!