Special Thanks

The Instrument


Twists and turns

Shaving away

What doesn't belong


From square to round

Exposing the heart

And reaching a purpose


Slender and smooth

Shiny and colorful

Ready to communicate



Sue Camilleri

The Chippewa Teacher's Basket


By the banks of the green bay

She cut the reeds just so.

Slit them open, smoothed flat 

And formed this basket.


Squat and round it sits

The reeds plaited just so.

Fitted with the lid

To hold these words.


You blessed her hungry child

With McGuffey and math, just so. 

The metrics of the white man's world

And she made you this basket.


In memory of EMB, Patty Nolan

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