They Prayed for Us

I pray to you

The white god of theirs

to thank you

 

Thank you for sending your people to me

I did not know how to rape the land

As well as they, with their agriculture

 

Thank you for sending your people to me

to take my children and grandchildren

away to boarding schools so far away

and beat them

and rape them

and treat them as cattle

For I did not know how to care for them

in what you deem in their ‘best interests’

 

I pray to you the white god of theirs

to thank you
For our winters were not near as harsh

as the treatment from your people

and we learned to be stronger

 

Our children were not near as smart

and educated

as they became in spite of you

 

I pray to you

the white god of theirs

that the gate they preached so heavily

to us will still be open to receive them

for your word is what they live by

Your word alone

 

They prayed for us

after they beat us

they prayed for us

after they raped us

they prayed for us

after they killed us

they prayed for us

after they stole from us

 

And now I pray for you

that there is some way to save you

 

God, who’s image they live in

MB March 31 2008

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