Friday, December 4, 2015

2: Denver Capitol, Dineh



1.  Denver Capitol


a chief from Wind River

gray sky, snow

like that gray November 29th

cold to the bone


served he said

ghosts swirl

21 years in the military

snowdance

his great-grandmother grandfather

cut down by Union Blue

cold


a daughter scooped a little boy

marauders

hid under  a bank

to the bone

mutilators


chiefs with peace flags

walk toward the Blue

don’t shoot


crept out at night

to nurse at a still


tears in his eyes


red white and

stilled



151 years to the morning*



2.  Dineh


If you fought in Ramadi

and Helmand

marine

across the world


you could meet

homeless

bobbingblue cop

on a Denver street



sooner than Mexican, you say, or

white


wagging his finger

eyes clear


wagging



***

h/t Dennis Gallagher, longtime Denver Councilman, City Auditor, and teacher of Greek and Latin at Regis, who also spoke at this gathering, wrote to me with an even now, startling detail which is added to this poem.

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