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Saturday, November 24, 2012


by Tom Karlson

Theodore Roosevelt Equestrian Statue, American Museum of Natural History. Image source: Wikipedia

“I suppose I should be ashamed to say that I take the western view of the Indian. I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indian is the dead Indian, but I believe nine out of every ten are, and I shouldn't like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”  --Theodore Roosevelt, 1886

That original sin
Our original sin
Not a talking snake sin
No Adam or Eve sin

This original sin
This first holocaust sin
This First Nation
60 million
Double helixed
Long gone sin
200 languages silenced sin
This good, dead, jailed, Indian sin


310 million All-Americans
Sit at the table
Football and eats
Giving thanks

Tom Karlson is founder of Poets for Peace, Long Island, NY.