on the wall hang many things

calling me elsewhere

a tiny nativity

figures in a glass case

gathered around a tiny babe

angels on a string

a muddy portrait on a tin rectangle

a spam can madonna

a cross decorated with bits of golden weed

off to the side is a portrait of Sitting Bull

he looks directly at me

old, worn, proud, sad

“I am life,” he says.

“I am you.

Go, live it.”

Copyright Michael Douglas Scott 10/18/19