Smoke Signals

From a distance

your face looks like an old man 

with a beard

as I move closer

it is only your chin

I cannot shake 

the image of beard

Growing up

I learned of European explorers

Puritans on the Mayflower

friendly Indians

never a mention

that I was living in a

post-genocidal nation

who had dropped

the first atomic bomb

after fire bombing Tokyo 


dVerse prompt on smoke and mirrors

Smoke Signals

4 thoughts on “Smoke Signals

  1. Right. Growing up I idolized certain people only to find out much later that they were liars, cheaters, with impure motives. Nothing is ever as it seems. I hope I can be real for my children, and yes, teach them the truth about our bloodied history from the start. Thanks for saying this, Jane.


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