white is my favorite color

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I guess if I had to give this a genre, I would have to call it "Redman Blues."

Submitted: August 13, 2012

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you never ask me about being indian.

you never ask me because

you know all about it.

 

you have seen enough westerns

and heard enough stories from your

blonde-haired

blue-eyed

great-grandparents

to know that:

 

indians must always wear a headband.

boys get one feather,

girls get two

(or is it vice versa?)...

 

and a real warrior

always wears a loin-cloth

and carries a tommy-hawk

and a bow

and a quiver full of arrows

and a rock.

 

and a true maiden squaw

always wears two braids

and a buckskin dress

while carrying a pot of water

atop her head

without spilling a drop

or breaking a feather.

she should also carry a

papoose strapped to a

cradleboard

in her arms.

 

you know my family

(though chahta and ani yun wiya)

lives in a teepee with

a pack of wolves.

inside our teepee,

we smoke pot out of a peace pipe

and beat on drums.

outside, there is a very elaborate

(and surprisingly permanent)

totem pole

right next to where we

tie up our horses.

 

you know if it is raining,

i stayed awake all night

dancing.

 

you know HOW

to say hello in my

native tongue.

 

you know that my

family's favorite sports teams

are as follows:

atlanta braves,

cleveland indians,

washington redskins.

this is because we are proud

of our heritage.

 

you know my last name

is white because it had been

white-feather or white-deer or

something

until we came into the country

and shortened it

for your convenience.

 

you know that if you

piss me off,

i may scalp you in your sleep.

 

all of this

(and so much more)

you know.

but, you don't know

that white is my favorite color

because it makes

me laugh.

 

 

 

 

 


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