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The Rude Pundit: A Poem for Thanksgiving from Indigenous America

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The Rude Pundit: A Poem for Thanksgiving from Indigenous America
The Rude Pundit
by Joy Harjo, who is from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
 
Put down that bag of potato chips, that white bread, that
bottle of pop.
 
Turn off that cellphone, computer, and remote control.
 
Open the door, then close it behind you.
 
Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel
the earth gathering essences of plants to clean.
 
Give back with gratitude.