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New TCBH! Poem: Tipis in the City

By dlindorff - Posted on 22 October 2015


Do you hear them?

Around the block,

Just around the glass and marble corner.

Smell the smoke

Of the eternal fire.

Salt Lake City,

Built on Native land.

Near the great Salt Lake,

Sacred lake.

I saw it sparkling from high up

When I flew in

On southwest air.

There is a crystal

In the center of that lake.

They say the old ones

Used to walk out there

On the water

To make offerings.

The water held them up

Just like Jesus.

No kidding.

How do you like this day?

Does it feel new?

Is it powerful?

Do you hear the drums?

Do you smell that smoke?

Do you want to be here?

Thanks to the Navahos,

The Dine,

I taste my blood again.


                    --Gary Lindorff


GARY LINDORFF  is resident poet at ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent, uncompromised, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative newspaper. His work, and that of colleagues JOHN GRANT, DAVE LINDORFF, ALFREDO LOPEZ, LORI SPENCER, LINN WASHINGTON, JR. and the late CHARLES M. YOUNG can be found

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