TWO TINTYPES: AN INTERPRETIVE TOUR OF FORT SUMNER STATE MONUMENT, EASTERN NEW MEXICO
1. a smart fence
for the Officers' Quarters
Nothing marks the route the Apaches used
when they finally crept away: the dark
beginning to a hundred stories.
And nomonument to the Navajo either--
Manuelito pleading, through the ten-year-old
boy who had learned some English,
with the Peace Commission from Washington:
five years of rationed famine.
And where are the graves of the three thousand
who died here waiting for an answer?
No tintype? No marker? No plaque?
2. distant Navajos
standing in blankets
before empty fields:
the earth rises
in clouds of cutworms and gray dust.