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Can You Feel the Native American in Me

          We pull into dirt driveway in Lara’s blue Celica. The car came from her 18 money last year and it’s got only one dent on the side from a white girl in Wolf Point who slammed the door of her boyfriend’s Ford pick-up into the passenger side of Lara’s then new car. Lara was pissed, got out to kick the girl’s ass but they sped out of the Town Pump’s parking lot too fast. That girl was scared. Lara came back to the car and we laughed at that dent, but most of all we laughed at that fear. Driveway to uncle’s house, we’re bumping Tupac, get out, step into sweat lodge. Got a sick auntie. Take in a towel, leave out hip-hop beat, add in hand drum. Our uncle forgives us this time for being late and we are more sorry for this than we were for quitting the basketball team or for getting pregnant last year.

Credit


Copyright 2005 M. L. Smoker. By permission of Hanging Loose Press.

Author


M. L. Smoker

M. L. Smoker is the author of Another Attempt at Rescue (Hanging Loose Press, 2005). She lives in Helena, Montana.

Date Published: 2005-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/can-you-feel-native-american-me