Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Any Week In December

Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Any Week In December

Monday Poetry with Melissa Fry Beasley. Today: Any Week In December

December, from the Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry

December, from the Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry

Any Week In December

I have been many miles
to escape your memory.
I have such a long history
of being eaten and scattered.
Bones are only emotion the body retains,
as we are orphaned of our more important pieces.
I longed for the numbness of the Nebraska nothingness,
and prayed for Wyoming winds to blow you out of my mind.
Kansas only makes me think of your dark eyes.
Arizona is like your skin in a desert that has no edge.
The open country of New York left me reaching for your hand
that was nowhere near me.
Those mountains and rivers felt like our love before even the stars could touch us.
I have been in the company of bees and ghosts, burning daylight like oil.
Spirits stopped me short in South Dakota,
but didn’t bury my heart in wounded knee.
Instead they say I went crazy.
Was up on the roof of that old rez car
counting coup with my lips and hips by the end of the night.
But even with that, you never disappear completely.
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Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma . Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in the world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider social and political context. You can find her work in print and online in Indian Country Today Media Network, Native News Today, The Native American Encyclopedia, FirstPeople.Us, Working Effectively With Aboriginal People, Churn Magazine, Big River Poetry Review, Enhance Magazine, A&U Magazine, and many others. She has two chapbooks forthcoming. " When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." Mahatma Gandhi " They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon." Bobby Sands

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