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A poem on indigenous themes by Jennifer Reeser

Hidatsa Scarecrow Woman

Hidatsa Scarecrow Woman

  • My “wicked” scheme to scare the crow:
  • alongside Scattered Corn, I, Turtle,
  • prepare balled skins of deer,
  • clad in a kirtle.
  • Two gangly sticks for legs I pound
  • across the hills of bean and squash.
  • Whatever crimes they might contrive,
  • I quash.
  • To these, two sticks for arms I lash
  • beneath the scrap hides used for heads,
  • with split deer entrails intertwined
  • by threads.
  • The Mapi—solar flowers—fence
  • our garden with its ragged vagrants;
  • but still, they bring the bees from sedge
  • sans fragrance.
  • My father was a fine corn priest.
  • My best creations are my worst—
  • for feasts sometimes depend
  • on the accursed.
Jennifer Reeser

Jennifer Reeser is a poet, critic, and a translator of French and Russian literature. Her sonnet in response to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 appeared in her 2012 volume Sonnets from the Dark Lady & Other Poems. Her most recent book is Indigenous: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2018).

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Hidatsa Scarecrow Woman

  • My “wicked” scheme to scare the crow:
  • alongside Scattered Corn, I, Turtle,
  • prepare balled skins of deer,
  • clad in a kirtle.
  • Two gangly sticks for legs I pound
  • across the hills of bean and squash.
  • Whatever crimes they might contrive,
  • I quash.
  • To these, two sticks for arms I lash
  • beneath the scrap hides used for heads,
  • with split deer entrails intertwined
  • by threads.
  • The Mapi—solar flowers—fence
  • our garden with its ragged vagrants;
  • but still, they bring the bees from sedge
  • sans fragrance.
  • My father was a fine corn priest.
  • My best creations are my worst—
  • for feasts sometimes depend
  • on the accursed.
Jennifer Reeser

Jennifer Reeser is a poet, critic, and a translator of French and Russian literature. Her sonnet in response to Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 appeared in her 2012 volume Sonnets from the Dark Lady & Other Poems. Her most recent book is Indigenous: Poems (Able Muse Press, 2018).

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