Seeing photos
of ancestors
a century past

is like looking
at your own
fingerprints—

circles 
and lines
you can't 
recognize

until someone else
with a stranger's eye
looks close and says
that's you.

 

  • Joseph Bruchac, "Prints" from Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas. Copyright © 2011 by Joseph Bruchac.  Reprinted by permission of Joseph Bruchac.

  • Source: Sing: Poetry form the Indigenous Americas (University of Arizona Press, 2011)

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"I was surprised how attached I got to my poems. I've had "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" memorized since my sophomore year, and whenever I get nervous or anxious about something I recite it to myself. "
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