Taran J Kootenhayoo
Can be seen:
In The Liar’s Spring Issue
What it’s like to be native…
the first-growth of effervescent plant-life, nor stomped-on,
grown by evaporated waters
battling to make it through the clouds elaborate creation,
while the Sun & Moon
Ancestral blood-lines buried in grave yards
buildings, might know what it feels like to be native.
buried 12-feet underground,
because deep down,
they are good people.
…what it is like to be native.
glow-in-the-dark sea creatures
—surviving through instinct—
if you want to know what it is like to be native,
imagine having your own house invaded.
no balaclava men,
no burning torches,
just gifted blankets with enough small-pox
to wipe-out an entire generation of soldiers.
piled on top one another like stacks
and stacks of pollutants polluting;
diluting our children’s future
knowledge of what it was like to be native.