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American History
Preservation Survey

I love the way this man described our day at Chilocco. I was the one to make the corn soup he comment about. Actually, I couldn't afford to buy that deli stuff that everyone else had. Corn soup will feed a regiment especially when it is served with frybread. ;-) 

Preservation Survey

At Chilocco Indian School.
there was no red moon
or a lone rider on the horizon
or the sound of drums
only the shell of empty stone buildings
leaking their dreams
upon a blanket of fallen leaves
dry as old feathers 

In the forenoon
through a field of dry cane
to the sheepshed I tracked
in its shade searching
beneath wood trusses with burlap
sheep covers hanging
pocked with lumpy nests of mud daubers
brown and shaggy as a buffalo robe

In early afternoon
the alumni served deli meats, cheese
and a grocery store cake
with defiant pots of homemade hominy
and corn soup
alone on a solitary table
as the husk of food from a distance

Arn Henderson

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