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Natives with Neural Activity

Amber McCrary

The silent, subtleties of
Natives with neural activity 
around these relatives
Boom to the ears of the corn
blast to the beans temples
and cuddle the cotyledons 
Seeds with technology and instinct
KNOW
Then they swoon into the soil
Caress and cradle
roots spread
And stir
With dirt in between 
Swollen bulbs

Feeling the weight of a 
Tender energy
Guide down and deep
For they know it’s time
To germinate 
And validate
What they were born for

To gift
To nourish
And to continue a cycle
Of some kind
Perspiring preparation
Laughing anticipation
leads to a new season
and hope

The water is ready 
and
The sun has not come
Soon enough

 

Amber McCrary received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University. She will be pursuing her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry this fall at Mills College. She enjoys many things in life such as tea, traveling, writing, reading, sulking, gardening, eating, smashing the patriarchy and learning about cultures and her own (Navajo/Diné). She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.