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he played injun in gods country

where boys proved themselves clean

 

dumb beasts who could cut fire

out of the whitest1 sand

 

he played english across the trail

where girls turned plum wild

 

garlic and strained words

through the window of night

 

he spoke through numb lips and

breathed frontier2

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Jordan Abel

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translated from the Spanish written by
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