North and South
January 20, 2011
I am Southern, I am Northern
I am the Northwest.
We came here before
The country we now pledge allegiance to
Was even an idea.
I am the pursued, the hunted, the annihilated.
I am the pursuer, the hunter,
I am father, I am husband,
I have one hand in a novel
While the other stirs a bubbling pot.
I read Vonnegut amongst the smells of chiles,
and burnt butter.
I am bent over school work as a clock tells me
It’s time to take the dinner out.
This is where I have been, to where
I have come.
From Europe’s second sons,
And religious minority,
To this kitchen, this meal, this paper, this book.