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Song for John TRUdell

10 Dec

I’m quite tired of cancer.

It should wither away into dust like rotary phones,

manual car windows and other passé, née primitive things.

I have no idea why cancer likes poets so much either.

Is it because we carry truth in our mouths

like water gourds in the desert?

Is it because we see humanity in small, discarded places?

I’ve decided that cancer not only sucks, but

should surely attack itself until it has eaten

all the evil it can bear and then die

in a lonely dank corner with no one

to surround it with love or care.

 

We will not be moved, but will march on

with swords in our pockets and drones in our keypads.

Truth is eternal and so are the poets who bear its testimony.

For Giselle Robinson, Lucille Clifton, Ai, and the human called

John TRUdell

 

 

© Asani Charles

Lluvia & Lamentation

28 Aug

Lluvia & Lamentation

#RememberingKatrina because ten years ago the waters came bringing salt and tears. #LluviaAndLamentation #Katrina10

Native American Student Wears Eagle Feather At Graduation After Court Fight

7 Jun

Lululululu for him, for all of us!

RED POWER MEDIA

Christian Titman walks into Lamonica Stadium for Clovis High's graduation ceremony Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Clovis, Calif. The Native American student is wearing an eagle feather to his high school graduation after resolving a court fight with a California school district over the sacred object. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP) Christian Titman walks into Lamonica Stadium for Clovis High’s graduation ceremony Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Clovis, Calif. The Native American student is wearing an eagle feather to his high school graduation after resolving a court fight with a California school district over the sacred object. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – A Native American student wore an eagle feather that he considers sacred to his high school graduation ceremony after resolving a court fight with a California school district.

Christian Titman, clad in blue with his fellow graduates of Clovis High School, marched into the stadium at sunset Thursday, his long braid with the eagle feather attached came out one side of his cap while the traditional graduate’s tassel hung over the other side.

His presence – and the feather’s – at the ceremony came after a last-minute deal with the Clovis Unified…

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Dress Codes

12 Feb

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