Poem: Sittin' on the Edge

Sittin',
Sittin' on the edge,
Sittin' on the edge of the bed,

Those old sheets,
From Kmart,
Or Walmart,
Whatever the working poor can afford,
Maroon,

Sittin' on the edge,
Genocidal amnesia,
Ancestors surround,

Its hard to feel them,
When you want out,

Hands on the face,
A white face to many,
Invisibly Native to most everyone,
White middle class delusion,
TV turned on,
Drink,
Drink,
Drink,

Who is to listen to,
Who is to care,
When you are invisible,

Hands on the face,
Sittin' on the edge of the bed,
Trying to cry,
To feel,
Beyond choked,
The remnants of the pillory can be seen,
Around the arms,
Around the neck,

Some people think they are sittin' on the edge,
White middle class,
Heterosexual,
Hyper-patriarchal,

Take it back,
Sittin' on the edge,
Ancestors behind,
Around,
Sweetgrass,
Its not burning down,

Take it back more,
When the ancestors had to lie about being Native,
Take it back more,
Before colonization,
A culture lost,
Genocide,

Sittin' on the edge,
Not just about that moment,
Not just about exploitation,
Underpaid worker,
Unknown to most,
Really what went on,
Through the generations,
No ownership taken from the damage,
The majority culture fails this way,

Sittin' on the edge,
The legacy should not be this.