Angeline

in this beautiful country
in which I’m living
there is a story that you’ll find
of a woman named
Kikisoblu
and how they called her Angeline

Angeline, Kikisoblu

she was the eldest
daughter of Chief Seattle
she watched the world disappear
she said “you can
build your town around me
I’m not going anywhere”

Angeline, Kikisoblu

it was the fine and expensive
wife of Doc Maynard
who defined her into something to be owned
when she said, “you’re much too beautiful
for such an ugly name
from now on you will be known

as Angeline, not Kikisoblu”

and they made her illegal
and all of her people
and the children threw rocks behind her back
but Kikisoblu
had some rocks of her own
and she threw them back

Angeline, Kikisoblu

landlord, landlord
look over your shoulder
careful who you’re talking to
maybe somebody
you stole something from
come to take it back from you

Angeline, Kikisoblu

so many thieves
for all that they have taken
they leave us with a world full of holes
but we have rocks
and we have heroes
and we will not do what we are told

Angeline, Kikisoblu