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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


Jordan Abel

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translated from the Spanish written by
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