AFTER THE SHOOTINGS: A POEM BY QWO-LI DRISKILL

After the Shootings

Quanneapague, December 14, 2012

By Qwo-Li Driskill

The names of children

sharp needles of loss

we use to suture

the gash of memory

that rises

from Potatuck land

the story bleeds

onto us

shouts rapid fire

crumples behind desks

a story

with a trigger

and not enough time

to hide

a story

we didn’t want to hear

but can recite by heart

 

America

Qwo LiQwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two-Spirit writer, activist, performer, and educator.  S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics and Queer Indigenous Studies.  S/he is an assistant professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.  See Qw0-Li’s website: dragonflyrising.com.

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About Black Coffee Poet

Black Coffee Poet is a mixed race poet, essayist, and journalist who focuses on Social Justice, Indigenous Rights, STOPPING Violence Against Women, Film, and Literature.
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3 Responses to AFTER THE SHOOTINGS: A POEM BY QWO-LI DRISKILL

  1. Jenny says:

    Touching and poignant.

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