poetry by j matthew waters

Born and bred in Iowa

I am not Iowa
I do not speak their language
or pretend to understand their history
what I know of them
I learned on my own
thanks to online access
google searches
and wikipedia dot com

My ancestry is not of this land
I’ve traced it back to Ireland
and Scotland and Sweden
and Belgium

I am not Iowa
but I live on their land
their numbers decimated by smallpox
and reduced to five hundred
at the turn of the previous century

I find it fascinating in prehistoric times
the Iowa emigrated
to their new land from the Great Lakes

In the meantime a white race originated
in the great Rokitno swamp
forging a roadmap destined to draw
a crooked line to America
the once Beautiful

august two thousand sixteen
copyright j matthew waters
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3 thoughts on “Born and bred in Iowa

  1. A great explanation of the fascination of genealogy. Which, by the way, is an incurable disease!

  2. I love the sense of this… so much forming each one of us

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