Mark I. Kirkmeyer

COUP STICK

The VA gave me a cane
To make it mine
I decorated the cane

Leather around the handle
Gold ribbon laced in
Three brown duck feathers

After that the visions returned
Images guiding me back
To The People

Myself as a Wounded Warrior
Observed by raven and eagle
Tended to by a wolf

Me wearing the medicine bag
Prepared for me by a Sioux
Medicine Man and Water Woman

Instantly I knew where it is
I know where
My salvation lies.