Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, COMING BACK, by JOSEPH BRUCHAC

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First Line: When they woke me
Last Line: Move in dance to a distant drum
Subject(s): Native Americans - Genealogy & Heritage

When they woke me
tangled in their blue nets
the worm holes in my hands were gone

a bright painted boat
danced in the water
like a tethered colt

i had learned something
for i did not ask them why
or who i was
but stood
touched their hands and foreheads
and began to walk
up the golden sword's arc of sand

a thousand years
and two continents away
you wonder why my feet
move in dance to a distant drum

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