INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY SUNRISE GATHERING AT ALCATRAZ ISLAND. A POEM

History

Let's re-write it, Research it, Fight it, Many suns, Many nations,

Our foundation, Genocide, Frustration. This generation,

Rise, Re-write history, One ceremony at a time,  Carry the staff,

Elders, We coming along, Your pain, Struggle, Singing the songs,

Smudge it away, We have your back. Full power, Pray, Gather,

Circles around the globe, Sun rising, Bring understanding and hope,

Warriors unite, Respect, From the top of Mauna Kea, Let it off your chest,

Sacred is your land, Raw like a warrior's flesh, Umbilical chord, Feed love to this earth.

Cover me with peaceful blood, This is for you, To hear, See,

Plan, The spirits are hungry, They need your love from the heart, Call upon them,

They'll protect you, All will be fine, We are the movement, Rebels painted in red,

Black, White, Yellow,

A movement alive, 7 Generations. One day we will die, What do we leave behind?

And how can we make it better ? Think ahead of time. This native land,

It was stolen, Not discovered, Because 99 is not 100.

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