July 4th, 2014

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4 July 1996

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And on the Fourth of July, I always Sherman Alexie. Last year I read War Dances, Ten Little Indians, and The Toughest Indian in the World. This year I may re-read a bit of Indian Killer, or maybe some poems from First Indian on the Moon.

Here is a poem for independence:

How do we forgive our Fathers?
Maybe in a dream
Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever
when we were little?

Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage
or making us nervous
because there never seemed to be any rage there at all.

Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying or not marrying our Mothers?
For Divorcing or not divorcing our Mothers?

And shall we forgive them for their excesses of warmth or coldness?
Shall we forgive them for pushing or leaning
for shutting doors
for speaking through walls
or never speaking
or never being silent?

Do we forgive our Fathers in our age or in theirs
or their deaths
saying it to them or not saying it?

If we forgive our Fathers what is left?
"How Do We Forgive Our Fathers?", Ghost Radio, Sherman Alexie