napowrimo – naawin (five)

i.

standing tall. never asking for nothing more

than to be remembered as one of many stands

they were the first

who were taken across the great channels of water

those hackers

didn’t even say those sacred words

didn’t even offer any tobacco

not even an offering of their blood

instead,

they left jagged trunks scattered across the land

they were the first to be taken

this is what happens when you stand tall

and reach for the sky

ii.

one can go day after day without

really taking notice of street lights, lining roadsides

peering down with cyclops eye

wires spread like roots live with electric choloaphyl

feeding the masses down below just plug in

those streetlights hang from trees

once part of forests

chopped hacked bulldozed

this is what happens when you stand tall

with arms stretched out, reaching

for the sky

iii.

walking the trails at mud lake

white pines stand tall, straight

and teach me to reach for the sky

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