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A Poem of Gratitude from Oklahoma

A Poem of Gratitude from Oklahoma

We’re grateful for okla-humma, for our folks, for this land.

for the after-tornado swarm of serving to strangers
for many who odor of oil, of diesel, of dust, of sweat

for poets, musicians, artists, and quilters
for ballerinas, beadworkers, and sculptors

for thirty-nine tribes and the knowledge they share
for many who ran towards a bombed constructing

for our cussed refusal to surrender or give in
for mud bowl survivors, for many who resist

for the way in which we’ve got begun to confront
historic acts of hatred and violence

for our want to embrace each other,
arms linked, songs rising, hearts full

— This poem is a much-shortened model of 1 written by 123 Oklahomans, then collated and organized by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the poet laureate of Oklahoma


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