Ishi to Me: Poetry By D. R. Darvishian

 But before that—I never know who knows what
 about this chunk of Manifest Destiny—
 I should say that
 Ishi was Yahi;
 The last “wild” Native North American;
 Caught
 was used often in the old accounts,
 or other words to that effect.
 After his peoples’ genocide, a word I don’t use lightly,
 He was studied by doctors at Berkeley, California,
 until after his death
 from tuberculosis, or consumption—the disease
 that settled The West,
 Along with so many others—
 Small pox, various fevers, syphilis; the upper hand:
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