Volume 2Fall '03

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The Give Away
Brigette Hernandez

I want to give you little things
--------seemingly small trinkets
small things to take away
far away from me with you
I want to give you slight things
--------looking ordinarily common
things to go with you on
your journey wishing well
I want to give you trivial things
--------appearing routinely universal
things to keep you warm and
clean near you with you always
I want to give you inconsequential things
--------seeming to be usually frequent
things to see and remember that
you were here with me at then
I want to give you little things
--------to take with you always mostly
because they are the easiest to carry
and the hardest to give away.

Indian Woman
Brigette Hernandez

You want to hang me from
your rear view mirror.
You want me to highlight
my cheekbones with blush.
You want me to be composed
arms folded quiet head down.

"We do not want churches because they will teach us
to quarrel about God, as the Catholics and
Protestants do. We do not want to learn that. We may
quarrel with men sometimes about things on this
earth. But we never quarrel about God. We do not
want to learn that."
-- Chief Joeph Nez Perce


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