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By Trevino L. Brings Plenty

Small red tin box sealed in shrink-wrap, cut open

with pocketknife, pried apart, its goods aerate the

office. I pluck white sliced chalky cylinders; let them

simmer in my mouth. I exhale peppermint scent

through my nose. Cut open the official letter. A map

in letters on a white page. My teeth grind mints.

Photocopies slightly off alignment, I blur lines.

Equations disperse family through land documents,

position each generation. I am only fourth in line.

Some plots are gumbo after winter thaw. Sections

stitched together with extended relatives. This ritual,

personal death papers drafted. I am partial to this

grassland; the place of deer marks and porcupine

quills, ledger extrapolates history. I refold estate

document, place it back into its envelope.


Source: Poetry (June 2018)

  • Relationships
  • Social Commentaries

Poet Bio

Trevino L. Brings Plenty
Trevino L. Brings Plenty was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Eagle Butte, South Dakota. A Mnikȟówožu Lakota, Brings Plenty is a filmmaker, musician, and poet. Brings Plenty’s books are Wakpá Wanáǧi Ghost River (2015) and Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012), both from Backwaters Press. See More By This Poet

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