Two Dinè Men At 8PM 

Tonight, I descend my voice

Tonight, I bend my thoughts 

Tonight, my heart was so heavy

It should’ve took 

two tanks of gas 

to get home

 

Instead, I was numb 

as the tar 

on the road

and dull as the red

unblinking tail lights 

 

All headed south 

In lines 

And in curves 

 

I,

Trying to dismantle

a young memory

where comfort 

was never an option

 

I,

continue to drive 

through mountains 

and desert land 

 

With my tired mother

sleeping in the

passenger seat

toward a night sky 

that holds rain 

and thunder 

 

Yet,

I felt no thunder

and I saw no rain

to wash away 

guilt that renders

sullen reaction 

to drunken apologies

and protective pleas to stay

 

A brother and father

Two Dinè men

At 8pm

 

One to flee from 

and one to run to

Tonight, I leave

So, I do not 

say goodbye

 

♥Mazzy Star- Common Burn♥

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Amber McCrary is Diné zinester, feminist and writer. She was born in Tuba City, AZ (Diné Bikeyah) and raised in the Bordertown of Flagstaff, AZ. In the small town of Flagstaff is where she discovered her love for Punk Rock and the Do it Yourself Culture. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University. She will be pursuing her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry this fall. She enjoys many things in life such as tea, traveling, writing, reading, sulking, gardening, eating, smashing the patriarchy and learning about cultures and her own (Navajo/Diné). She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Bluestockings Magazine, Cloudthroat magazine and the Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches 1st Edition.

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