Note: “Turtle Island” is the Anishinaabek name for North America
Turtle Island wakes
to America wailing,
“Razed, razed, all razed, plains
amber waves—I have become …”
“Hush, little nation,
you and I are dreams
swelling, nightmares crashing, blue
Sun and wind beat us
into golden dust. Sleep, and we
will wake to new names.”
falls still, Turtle Island weeps.
Seas cover cities.