Iroquois Backboard Rebound Song (II)


Eric Gansworth

This boy in Reeboks
and hip hop Levi's
Cleveland Indians hat turned
backwards slouches alone
around the gymnasium
periphery pubescently
forgetting his family
a tomcat scouting areas
for singular spray
defying the nature
of the Tuscarora Social
until the Warrior song
drums begin, waking his legs, arms
and he snatches a boy
cousin not a year old
from the sitting mother
and he crosses the floor
married for the moment
to the drums and the song
entering the territory
of the men's world
where they move
with their sons
and the singers stop
only when the dance
is passed on.

© 1998 Eric Gansworth

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