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If I Were Indigenous


If I were indigenous would I have dark skin?
If I were indigenous would I touch my lips to the earth every morning?
In prayer of thanks
In respect to her, that nurtures my roots
If I were indigenous would I have a mother?
If I were indigenous would I give birth?
To the beautiful creatures grazing these fields
If I were indigenous would I create art with the fruit of the land?
With a crafty hand
Familiarized with raw material of my endless womb
If I were indigenous would I ask for more?
If I were indigenous would I sail away in search of war?
If I were indigenous would I place the head of another on my mantelshelf?
If I were indigenous would I celebrate death?
If I were indigenous who would be left?
 

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