NaPoWriMo 2017 #2

Glory and Goodbyes

The singing of glory songs is common in the tent camp of mutation … come follow the tracks of Snake Oil doctors … their wagons heavy laden with the sins of scam and dereliction toward the eldest, those suffering … learn a trade you can fall back on when your day job is misguided by the prairie fires and dust bowl prayer pamphlets … they will be printed on the backs of recycled WWII Sugar Ration coupons … The day we buried the most beloved elder of our nation he met her at the white man’s roadside … his clothes no more than rags now, the buckskins of his youth shredded beneath the towers of steel and copper indigenous compression, now thought to be his Sunday best black wool teasel brushed … he wore his moccasins in protest … only those with their hearts still aligned with Great Spirit could see them …He had walked to the hard road from somewhere in the shadow of the pines where few ever cared to wander anymore or any less … his thin skinned face telling stories to the rocks and upwards warmth seeking blossoms … as the path of his eyes was only the few steps ahead of where the dust rose in constant presence … cradled in his hand was a hat, not fitting the suit or moccasins yet, trembling for was his heart … as she passed in the gas piston carriage for the final time … he bowed his head with a depth of slightness which even the trees ceased their sway to catch in their branches … centuries rose from the aura about him and his countenance rode on the four winds once again with her … their sacrifices palpable even to the rain who quenched Spirits’ thirsts metamorphosed into the sweetness we each cotton … blessed and forbidden … bringing none the less our choice of flower fair or vain, glory or disdain, is that which meets us each on the final journey home … to love perhaps, as he did secretly … for you have a fairer face to guard and gain … a road to travel in a way for remembrance from which we all came … may all your noble lives remain joyfully arranged.

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