Johnny Rustywire: Thinking about the girl from that part of the rez

Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Photo by Ron Cogswell

Writer Johnny Rustywire, a member of the Navajo Nation, shares a story about a girl:
Sometimes I think about that place not far from Newcomb. The last night before we left for boarding school, summer had come and gone and it was the last day at home.

She was from a place not far from Crumbling House Ruins.

She stood there with long hair, eyes soft and brown.

“I’ve been waiting for you a while,” she said.

She filled my dreams. Her lips were soft and ripe like a watermelon.

She came into my life when she got off the bus from school. The Greyhound bus dropped everybody off in the parking lot in front of the store---it’s really an old trading post.

A long Greyhound pulled up and she got off not so long ago--I can’t remember exactly when—maybe the first of June. She was from the rez, just over there by Crumbling House Ruins, a stone’s throw away from Newcomb. Just west of there.

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Johnny Rustywire: Crumbling House Ruins (Indian Country Today 9/6)

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