Under Dark Skies

Michael Red Fox, an individual experiencing homelessness in Devils Lake, North Dakota, reads his poem “Under Dark Skies”. This is an excerpt from the Devils Lake panel discussion about the homelessness crisis in North Dakota that took place at the Lake County Community Shelter on Saturday, April 6 2019.

The panel discussion was made possible by: The Change Network, Bell Bank and the Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority.

Michael Red Fox reading his poem, “Under Dark Skies”. This is an excerpt from the Devils Lake panel discussion on homelessness in North Dakota.

Micheals’ poem in full:

Under Dark Skies

MICHAEL RED FOX

I was born under a bad sign
Under a bad name
Under a bridge with the other
desperados with no names
We smoke and drink like that
highline train rolling by

I’m ready to go anywhere
I’m ready to partake
there’s a slow train rolling by
and my hour is getting late

I was born under thunder and lightning
under dark clouds
Walking in the rain feelin no pain
I smoke and drink coffee like that
twisted addict sitting on the hill

I’m ready to go anywhere
I’m ready to partake
there’s a slow moving train
and my hour is getting late

I was born under a porch
under disquise with all the other
homeless and motherless mutts
with hunger in their eyes

Yeah! I’m ready to go anywhere
I’m ready to partake
There’s a slow train a coming
and my hour si getting late
I’m going goin gone
I’m ready to make my escape.

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“Home.” is produced by The Human Family, a North Dakota non-profit dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice through film and art. For more information about “Home.” or The Human Family, visit www.human-family.org.

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