The Ups and Downs compare nothing….
to the fear felt in my body when you tell me I’m overreacting,
depth of my pain when I’m forced to pick a side,
The mystery of being once the peaceful majority to the silenced minority,
Knowing your home and watching it fade,
Understanding that my life is a privilege and not one I control,
The Ups and Downs compare nothing to being Native,
Where everyone is willing to stare but few willing to care.