November 7*

Library of Congress

how seldom
i slip through
and hear
the plangent drumming
dugouts pushed into dark water
white smoke curling from
cedar longhouses warm
against the gelid hold
of hard winter,
of my hardened disregard.

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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Edward Curtis photo

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