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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Getting a Second Opinion by Adrian C. Louis

I’ve just bought you a new winter coat
and we’re temporarily sane,
cruising two blocks down the street
from K-Mart in Rapid City.
Three young Indian boys,
fourteen, maybe fifteen years
old and living the thug life
are strolling across the busy street
making cars stop and I slam on
the brakes and give them the finger
and they flash gang signs and one pulls
a small, silver gun and I stomp on the gas
and in the rearview mirror I see them
laughing and I know positively
by the fear in your eyes that
not only is the white man’s God
dead, but the Great Spirit is too.

From: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/louis/online.htm

Date: 1997

By: Adrian C. Louis (1946- )