if they are hungry

Don’t really have anything to say, but I wanted to share this maybe poem with everyone. It’s powerful.

It was written by Layli Long Soldier and published at Mud City Journal. It looks like she has a book coming out from Graywolf Press in 2017, which is all kinds of awesome.

Anyrate, you should just read it.

A quick excerpt:

One trader named Andrew Myrick is famous for his refusal to provide credit to Dakotas by saying, “If they are hungry, let them eat grass.”

There are variations of Myrick’s words, but they are all something to that effect.

When settlers and traders were killed during the Sioux Uprising, one of the first to be executed by the Dakota was Andrew Myrick.

When Myrick’s body was found,

his mouth was stuffed with grass.

I am inclined to call this act by the Dakota warriors a poem.

Read the whole thing here.

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