via Daily Prompt: Legend

When I tell someone I’m native,

a few questions arise.

They all think they’re creative,

but nothing is a surprise.

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“Tell me about a legend,

about the woman from the sky.

I have a small obsession,

with myths from times-gone-by.”

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“I could tell you a few,”

I rapidly reply.

“But the best ones I know are new,

and come from some old white guy.”

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By this point, they don’t understand.

“Made by some white guys?”

Yes, I have heard these all first hand,

and all these legends are based on lies.

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Like, us Native kids go to college for free,

and affirmative action gets us in.

Tribal chiefs waste all their money,

then ask for more with a grin.

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They say, Native girls, all look the same,

long-haired and olive-toned.

Native men are all to blame,

won’t work, too drunk, too stoned.

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Myths like, we do not know how to parent,

and our kids should be taken away.

Alcoholism is inherent,

it is basically written into our DNA.

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And, residential schools were great

they taught us proper skills.

We don’t pay taxes to the state

instead, “hardworking taxpayers” pay our bills.

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Also, about those girls gone missing,

they probably were the party type.

Climate change,  worth dismissing,

and we should just let you build that pipe.

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They say, If we don’t like our reserves

it’s easy to just leave our lives behind.

Each Canadian gets what they deserve.

The government always has Native interests in mind.

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So, in this case, I remind  them,

of the ‘legends’ their culture believes

The most interesting “myths” aren’t on a totem,

but are found online, in person, or on TV.

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“Rather than talk about our legends,

my gifts to you are these clues.

Perhaps your new obsession

should be challenging your own views.”