Apr 5, 2010


anthropologists study 
the Pocumtucks * of the Connecticut

living near the Bloody Brook
we farmed tobacco and cucumbers
on their old encampments

silty talc like soil laced with
pottery shards and arrowheads
we treated them like marbles
no true sense of worth

no one told us about these ancients
we had our own troubles
we were spirit children
of the river
with our ancient finds

* " the Pocumtucks dwelt in the middle Connecticut River Valley near today's Deerfield, Massachusetts." Bain, Manring, Mathrews