Sitting Indian Style


Indian Style, Sitting Indian Style
A porch in the front –
near roses,
near metal milk crates

above colored slate
from Vermont –
is where a child sits
Indian Style,

on top of pieces of uneven
wood – 
warped wood – paint
  peeling – a dull

 shade of gray
A porch where two
doors – lead to
two families living

in a city – on a corner
lot – a city filled
with children who
played in streets and alleyways –

As a child watched
from her front porch – she
would smile if a friend

 walked by –
  Indian Style – her Aunt
  told her,
“That just isn’t lady like.”

She smiled at her Aunt, and
smiled at a friend who never
smiled back – and the next time she
smiled, and the next –

never did she glance her way –
Her mother told her,
“find another friend,
  friends don’t ignore a friend.”

Ignore, what is ignore?
A big word when all
they taught us in school was
“See Jack run, run Jack run.”

But, soon a little girl would hide near
her house – near a green bush – covered

  with red beans, they once shared – now

  out of sight until she walked by 
 the porch –
scuffing her feet across cracked
  cement – looking straight ahead.
Her legs crossed, she sat 
 Indian Style
  picking at pieces of wood –

she sucked on a sliver

a smile on her face, fades, and
a stray tear rolled down her- right cheek
  caught at the edge of her lip
 on the right – she smiled as
teardrops fell, scooting her body

to the right, without
  standing – to the right
  toward a metal milk

 box – then, she opened the lid,  
inside a milk box her

paper dolls were waiting –
  It was then she knew
  her friends – they smiled back.

  1. Andrew J. Sacks says

    Thank you for fine and memorable poem, Nancy.

  2. Gabriel Constans says

    Great insight and powerful images Nancy.

  3. Nancy Duci Denofio says

    I love to drift back to another time, write about it, and then dream. I told myself, “I can dream anywhere, and the words will come.” I am so pleased both you Andrew and Gabriel, enjoyed this piece, it’s non fiction, as most of my work. Thank you so much. Sincerely, Nancy

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