Sure You Can Ask Me A Personal Question
How do you do?
by Diane Burns, 1989
No, I am not Chinese.
No, not Spanish.
No, I am American Indi—uh, Native American.
No, not from India.
No, not Apache
No, not Navajo.
No, not Sioux.
No, we are not extinct.
So that’s where you got those high
Your great grandmother, huh?
An Indian Princess, huh?
Hair down to there?
Let me guess. Cherokee?
Oh, so you’ve had an Indian friend?
Oh, so you’ve had an Indian lover?
Oh, so you’ve had an Indian
Yeah, it was awful what you guys
did to us.
It’s real decent of you to apologize.
No, I don’t know where you can get
No, I don’t know where you can get Navajo rugs real cheap.
No, I didn’t make this. I bought it at
Thank you. I like your hair too.
I don’t know if anyone knows
whether or not Cher is really
No, I didn’t make it rain tonight.
Yeah. Uh-huh. Spirituality.
Uh-huh. Yeah. Spirituality. Uh-huh. Mother
Earth. Yeah. Uh’huh. Uh-huh. Spirituality.
No, I didn’t major in archery.
Yeah, a lot of us drink too much.
Some of us can’t drink enough.
This ain’t no stoic look.
This is my face.
Diane Burns 1957 -2006