Two Poems in Red Ink: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities #NoDAPL

“Threatened by Beads” and “The Color of Your Skin”, two of my poems in Red Ink: International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities, on the topic of Native Americans, racism, colorism and prejudice. Pick up a copy, as there are many great artists and writers yet again in the Winter 2016 edition. Just got my contributor’s copy this week!

 

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#Poem for the Spring Season: “In The Clover”

 

Though supposed to be
somewhere else
he’s improbably there:
stretched out on his back
in a field of purple clover,
hands beneath his head,
feet crossed at the ankles.
Humming a tune,
he smiles as the wind
ruffles his hair.

Stretched out on his back
in a field of purple clover,
hands beneath his head,
feet crossed at the ankles,
humming a tune.
He smiles as the cool spring wind
ruffles his hair,
knowing he’s supposed to be
somewhere else.

By Red Haircrow

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#Poetry for a #NewYearsEve- “To Kiss You At Midnight”

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TO KISS YOU AT MIDNIGHT

 

In the old wooden box beneath my bed, rumpled bills,

scattered coins look almost enough to come to you

but alas, I know, they are too few.

I would give them all and more if only I could kiss you.

 

Playing all the sad songs from 1982,

re-recorded cassettes, precious, far from new,

I would burn them, crush them, hurl them into watery hell

if I could see your face to kiss you.

 

The single photo of the mother I barely knew,

sepia pale, curled and ragged edged:

wide brow, lips slim, like mine the eyes so blue,

but even this precious memory I would sacrifice to kiss you.”

 


And I say from “A” New Years Eve because people from different cultures and countries celebrate/recognize it at different times. The poem is from my first collected book of poetry titled, “CORE” (2014), available at Amazon, Smashwords and other online retailers. Post about its release here on-site.

The poem was written with the knowledge and from the perspective of the young deaf gay man whose biography I helped write and prepare for publishing. It is entitled, “Silence Is Multi-Colored In My World”, and an award in category, best GLBT memoir/biography in the 2012 Rainbow Awards.

 

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NativeCry.org #NcoaWalk Challenge 2016 & A #Poem

1It’s day 4 in the month long walk challenge started by NativeCry Outreach Alliance: At least 1 mile a day each day of the month to raise awareness on native suicide and suicide pprevention.

As a survivor, parent of a survivor, writer and counselor, it is a subject both personally and professionally important to me. As a graduate student at MSU Bozeman in Native American Studies, my research focus is intergenerational historical trauma, native mental health, healing and suicide. I am currently conducting a research study on causal factors, and natives are asked to participate in this anonymous, short survey that can be found HERE. My wish is to try to help strengthen and expand methods, both traditional and appropriate contemporary ones, to lessen and stop suicides, and instead heal.

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Join us, you can do this challenge wherever you are, if you have the physical ability. For others, send us and everyone thoughts of love and peace, reach out to help and hold others. “Be kinder than necessary, you never know what someone is going through.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

From my 2014 poetry collection, CORE, a poem about pain, depression and suicide.

 

BROKEN TOE

Like a fissure beneath the heart,

a sliver of suggestion,

you keep limping on it,

that broken toe.

They suspect something’s wrong,

‘You’re walking funny,’ they say,

and you try to smile,

pressing your hand

to your side as if

you can hold in the pain.

Everyone knows something’s wrong.

They just don’t know what it is,

and perhaps neither do you.

–Red Haircrow

 

“I Am Not An #Activist, I am #Lakota”-A #Poem by Wanbli Gleska Tohake, Oct. 24, 2016

I created this graphic with a 1891 photo by J.H.C. Grabill titled, “Indian Council in Hostile Camp”. The words of Wanbli Gleska Tohake, regarding Standing Rock, and all the other assaults of the sacred, of water, of land, of culture and identity, of the lives of the People that is still on-going 500+ years. The cycle of  genocide. Among other things, Wanbli is the voice of AIMCTX Radio Show, a weekly online broadcast on current events, news & cultural history in Indian Country. Every Saturday night, 10pm CST.

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