The Reasons for My Resistance

by Julie Mccurdy

the reasons for my resistance……..

still we stand
ready
for the next assault
to our
dignity
to our senses
to our sustainability
locked and loaded
we stand
just because the
genocide you peddle is
now bottled
and loaded into rigs or pipes
doesn’t make it any more or less
genocide……..
yes i am
new to the knowing…..
and so the knowledge imprint
is still fresh real raw
starvation
disease
assimilation didn’t work
beating us for speaking our own languages
or practicing our own traditions
only further shaped our
determination
to hold sacred
the gifts our ancestors
gave us
look who’s shining now ??????
all across this nation
the nations
are reclaiming what you stole…….
hssssssssssss……..
rape
mayhem and murder
didn’t work
because
you forgot
to kill us all……
and while we remain
while even a drop

of our blood and dna

get to the next generation
we will remain
and we stand
ready
to reclaim
what
our own
ancestors
kept
for us at the cost
of their blood and their bones
yes we
still stand
just because you
now bottle up your
genocide
in prettier packages
doesn’t mean
we are unaware of
the intent
just because you phrase
things in more
politically correct verbiage
doesn’t make the lies you tell
any more palatable……
just a reminder
to the ones
who still retain
the ability to hear
the warning in the wind
yes
we still do
stand ready
locked and loaded
just like
rattlesnakes fangs
ready to strike
because
your actions
have left nothing
but
survival as an option
because
we have learned
to hope less
and pray more
from the ones
who went before

you can not kill
the heart of this land
or its people
because
our ancestors taught us
by their example
how to stand
and

some of us
remember the lesson

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