wood carving a short story totem pole poem long

26 Aug

i got to editing the other day.
took a hacksaw and started cutting full branches,
thinned the plot out a bit.
then i took one of those giant scissors and
trimmed some of the excess leaves,
whutchawhutchawhutcha and so on
made the sentences flow a bit more,
i must have suffered edit lust because i couldn’t stop and so
a short story became a long poem,
but wait a second,
i hate cutting trees,
even the red x’d ones i wish would remain
in fact, right this very minute somewhere in the world,
i hope a gang of wood carvers are turning a whole bunch of those red x’d trees destined-for-the-pulp mill into totem poles.

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6 Responses to “wood carving a short story totem pole poem long”

  1. kvennarad August 27, 2016 at 5:17 am #

    If the gang are all Tlingit, there’s a good chance.

    • Steve Myers August 27, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      i liked what russel means said before he passed away….that anyone born in north america he considered the new indian. i take that as a blessing to anyone with totem pole making inclinations.

  2. kvennarad August 28, 2016 at 5:50 am #

    I remember Russell Means best as Chingachgook. In that role he suffered from what I call ‘The Jay Silverheels syndrome’, by which I mean if you’re a Native American actor, you get cast as a member of any tribe that Hollywood or TV need you to be (i.e. Jay Silverheels was a Canadian – a Mohawk – but was cast as a Seminole in ‘Key Largo’, and you can’t get much further away from Mohawk territory unless you swim out to Cuba!). Russell was Oglala, if I remember rightly, and Chingachgook was a Delaware, or at least from a fictionalised Delaware sept (fictionalised as in the fact that the Mahegan people still exist). Sorry, I’m just droning on…

    • Steve Myers August 28, 2016 at 9:09 am #

      that’s what made dances with wolves so amazing, to me anyway. nothing to do with russel means, but none of the actors spoke Lakota. they had to learn it for the movie. demonstrated their range, flexibility, and talent as actors and actresses.

  3. kvennarad August 29, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    Yes, if my memory serves me well Graham Greene is Oneida and Rodney Grant is Omaha, for starters.
    [By the way, I believe the inflection is thus: place – Dakota, people – Lakota, language – Kakota. Someone will correct me if I’m wrong.]

    • Steve Myers August 29, 2016 at 11:28 am #

      As long as the bering land bridge remains only a theory. Anything else and the pot reeks of Pol. i prefer open spaces where Kiowa people can creation story crawl out of a log.

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