native means
native speaker
of many things
that barely exist
native means
native tongue
eaten only on Tuesdays
with lemon juice
and a bit of cilantro
nativist means
you have a casino
or one block
to yourself
and some lots
have houses
some lots are for parking
native foods
what is that
are you going to eat that
okay, one bite
native trees means
not from Japan
no cherry blossoms
flowering over my
American football game
on the Mall
no shopping
for my kind of clothes
it can only be made
by hand
by a friend
by a cousin
who lives at the end
of the block
2 miles from the nearest casino
and if you dare
you aren’t from here
well, that’s native too

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