- Vincent Watchman was shot
in the head February 12
because he owed 97c at
a Thriftway gas station.
- While he lay dead,
the anglo gas boy said
I only meant to shoot out
his car tires and scare him.
He fired 2 poor shots -- one in the head,
one in the rear window and
the police cited him for
shooting a firearm within city limits.
- Meanwhile, Thriftway officials in Farmington
It's not company policy, after all,
to shoot Navajo customers who run
overflows in the self-serve pumps.
This man will definitely be fired.
- There is no way that such an action
can be justified, the official said
- while we realized our lives weren't worth a dollar
and a 24-year-old Ganado man never used
the $3 worth of gas he paid for.
From Seasonal Woman by Luci Tapahonso, Tooth of Time Books.
© 1982 Luci Tapahonso
Books by Luci Tapahonso
- A Breeze Swept Through, Univ. New Mexico Press.
- Sáanii Dahataal: The Women Are Singing, Univ. Arizona Press.
- Blue Horses Rush In, Univ. Arizona Press. (Hardcover)
- Children's Books
- Navajo ABC: A Diné Alphabet Book, Eleanor Schick (Illustrator), Aladdin. (Hardcover)
- Songs of Shiprock Fair, Anthony Chee Emerson (Illustrator), Kiva Pub.
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