Rabbit and Rose

beaded rabbit

Sweeping Away

There's been a chipping off,
carving, and claiming from
waterways to inter deltas-
Second coming settlers
exploring bodies from fleshy
river banks to shaded pines.

You've got a mouthful of gimme, a handful of much oblige

Dwindling sands counted and stored
marked like inventory, numbered,
enrolled, verified, certified, organic-
Cataloged carefully beside red clay
and white clay samples-
Both entities whose bodies forget the
flexibility of coil pottery-
under browned silt worked hands

You've got a mouthful of gimme, a handful of much oblige

If the last bit of my home
sits caked down - a deep red line
under crevices of my toenails-
You would come sightseeing
only to dig it out-
Sweeping the dirt away.

You've got a mouthful of gimme, a handful of much oblige

Rain C. Gomez

contents of issue 7

Sweeping Away
Rain C. Gomez

Semper Fidelis
John D. Berry

To the White Woman Who Told Me,
Misty Shipman Ellingburg

Martin Hinkel

Kenzie Allen

washing dirt
Gary Gach

Linda Boyden

We circle the tipi one time
Juanita Padopony

Rain C. Gomez Biography

Rain C. Goméz, (Sutton Doctoral Fellow, Un Oklahoma) won 2009 First Book Award Poetry for Smoked Mullet Cornbread Crawdad Memory (Mongrel Empire Press- 2012), from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Currently working on her dissertation: Gumbo Banaha Stories: Locating Louisiana Indians and Creoles in the Indigenous Diaspora of the American South, she has completed her second book of poetry Miscegenation Round Dance: Poèmes Historiques. Creative and critical work is found in: Tidal Basin Review, SING: Indigenous Poetry of the Americas, Yellow Medicine Review, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Louisiana Folklife Journal, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, and various others.