Origin Story

Ibe Liebenberg
| poetry


could have been raven
scraping her beak
against granite sparking

or dipping crane
stirring death
from waters dumb

floated mush on surface
we circulate to shore
gather sticks that coil like serpents

first words peck
and slobber from mouths
lowered heads shake out wild
closed eyes become worship

Ibe Liebenberg is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. He is currently enrolled in the MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has been published in The Journal of Chickasaw History and Culture and The ThreePenny Review.

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