There was partnership with
native tribes to be sure, after
we had squatted on their land.
There were allies, in-fighting,
out-fighting, and all the normal
chaos that comes with coveting.
Competition with Spain and others
so fierce, the sickness of conquest;
Viking and Roman member measuring.
We came, we saw, we coveted,
we indeed stole—first erecting
a Fort in Paspahegh land without…
communication nor permission.
White, Christian and armed seemed
enough to the sick and damaged
English, attacked and vulnerable
at all sides of its island at home.
“Attack first, hit hard and win”
Now plagued America, the coast
a notch on the belt of a warring
people, who knew no other way.
June of 1676 was a time of party
for the English settlers, who in
writing set down Thanksgiving—
A prayer of thanks to God almighty
for victory over Native Americans
in war for their land: “It certainly
bespeaks our positive Thankfulness,
when our Enemies are in any measure
disappointed or destroyed…”
…went the document, “Thanks for
killing the native people, Lord, so
we can inhabit their lands in peace.”
Have a nice turkey, if you think the
feast a proper one. Not me, I’ll spend
the day as much as possible making
amends for stealing land.