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Multicultural Resources for High School Students  

Iím Making you Up


For Beth Brant


Grandma we all need

partially deaf & busy with weaving

        listens       through a thick blanket of years & sore feet

nods    while I cry about everything they did to me

how horrible       & canít stand another

while brown wrinkled you smile at me like sun coming up

         I stand next to you        pass wool absently

           you lay aside the wrong colors          without comment

Iím simply           Grandchild

babbling        your sympathy warm & comforting as dust

I sit in your lap           your loom pushed aside

you feed me fry bread with too much maple syrup

I pull your braids           you cradle me deeper in

your legs folded to make a basket for me

Grandma           who died long before I was born

                                        Come Back

                                             Come Back


Source: Voices Under One Sky: Contemporary Native Literature

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