lay me down 


Lay me down to die

To die

 

The hail my eyes and my lungs alive

Collapsed and bare, I cry and cry

Until all the solid sea is air

 

Lay me down to die

Where the carbon road curves

Through waterfall wind

And the mohawked stellar jay

Is my closest friend,

And the spirit of my father vibrates,

The father of the lining in my blood

Not the white blood cells

Nor the freedom of its stain

But fully in pain in pain like my mothers name

 

Ute and Sioux adopt me into your soil—let me leave the Ford and the factory toil. Let me leave my skin and let me sink into massacre because you are my name.

 

Lay me down to die

Lay me down

 

I am the woman with a sunspot in her eye

I am the woman whose bright, shining skin

Reaches past rivers of Tigris and Nile,

I am the one who hides in the trash pile

 

Lay me down to die

So in death I can become star-stained and alive

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