The Wonderful Hint of Defiance

I read a poem by a Native
American and then I read
her personal statement
about the poem. As I read,
I re-membered the dignified,
tall, slender, black-haired,
brown-eyed, statuesque,
beautiful dancers dressed in
their regalia for the Pow-wow
on the Lakota reservation.
And there she was — all the
things I had re-membered and
imagined she would be and
her people are with two things
I had forgotten — the look of
pride in herself and her people
and a hint of defiance — the
wonderful hint of defiance
of a proud Indian.


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