Three Steps to Freedom
Is a pig still a pig if no one claims him?
If no one is raising him for slaughter?
I pass him on the way to the Indian clinic for a bad tooth.
One look at him, and I forget about the tooth.
He is a war-torn boar with three legs.
The dogs follow him.
The people let him have the path.
He is the mascot of the reservation.
With muscles flexing in the sun—
With an elder’s white hair—
The flies don’t touch him.
The children don’t taunt him.
He is more chief than the chief.
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