Wondering what the name for this rock
would be in Nipmuc, or rather
what the name for this rock is
in Nipmuc. I seek a Nipmuc word
for how our daily chatter
aligns with the land’s desire
to be known, to include us in its
conversations with itself and all else.
What was the Nipmuc word for how it was
between us and the land
before Whiteness came,
stopped the world
and divided it into two categories:
resources and obstacles?
It’s a gap in me, a failing,
that I do not know.
It’s my shame
that I want that healing spoon fed to me.
As if the Nipmuc word alone
would save me trouble and give me more time
in time to avoid
I am seeking their magic now,
doing the colonizer thing:
asking for Nipmuc to save me
after all I have done
on behalf of genocide
simply by living as I do.
There are people
who could tell me
the Nipmuc words for everything,
or so I’ve heard,
but since I’m here and alone
and this is where the rock is
I lie down ear first to listen to it.
No idea of what language it may use
if it chooses to speak to me. No idea
if I’ll be able to pronounce it with this tongue.
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