What would you do?

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What would you do…KEYWORDS: native american poem cherokee poetry indian poem

What would you do if I took from you

Your home, your family and your identity, too?

If I changed your religion and the language you spoke,

Left you hungry, suffering and broke.COULD YOU IMBRACE ME AS YOUR SAVIOR?

THEN FORGIVE ME FOR MY HEARTLESS BEHAVIOR?

IF I LOOKED AT YOUR FAMILY WITH EYES OF SHAME,

SHUNNED YOUR KINDNESS AND CHANGED YOUR NAME,

IF I MADE YOU WALK A THOUSAND MILES,

STARVING AND COLD AND IGNORED YOUR TRIALS,

IF I SENT YOU AWAY TO EAT NOTHING BUT LIES,

COULD YOU STILL LOOK AT ME WITH LOVE IN YOUR EYES?

IF I TOLD YOU ALL YOU BELIEVE IS WRONG,

AND SAID IN YOUR HOME LAND YOU NO LONGER BELONG,

WHAT WOULD YOU DO AND HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?,

DO YOU THINK WITH TIME PASSING ALL PAIN WOULD HEAL?

SO NEXT TIME YOU SEE A TEAR FALL FROM A RED MANS EYE,

REMEMBER THIS IS ONE SAD REASON WHY..

Martha Moongazer Beard

DEC 31ST 2004