Rainwater Eyes

A Poem by Sandy Lulay


Rainwater Eyes sits
Weaving a sky
Of White thunder
Caught in a stitch,
Of salmon reflections
And sand rock cliffs
Caught In a halo of woe.

Her needle of bone
Draws the remembering.
A tear slips down
The ridge of her cheek,
Another has found
A faded bead
On her deerskin gown.

She sees beyond
The crimson sky
The lights
Of Native Spirits
Haunting satellites.
She hears Red words
Turning White.

Rainwater Eyes leans
Against the mountain wind
As it whispers
It is too late
To repair the fabric
Of death,
Of trust misplaced.

The New Year
Will never come
With sweet medicine
To heal the bellyache
Of swallowed dust:
The cocaine
Of White Man's lust.

A tourist dollar
Falls from her hand
Like a leaf off of
A dying tree;
A green bandage
Too small to cover
The pain she sees.

She still says
Her Native prayers
Asking her God
Why the world
Cannot see that all bones
Are white and the same
After death
Becomes a memory.

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Sandy Lulay, originally from Woodstock, New York, is a resident of Stuart, Florida. Lulay is an "Original Woodstock Girl" who has been writing poetry since age ten. Many of her poems have been published both in Woodstock and Stuart's Sleeping Bear Review. Sandy is a Swans' kind of girl, our in-house poet.

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