Leather carefully cut and sewn together keeps the boy warm.
Leg sinew backs his high-powered bow,
Backstrap sinews make the string
kill hundreds of friends.
Hockskin holds the arrows in the bag.
Family and friends – hunted and killed.
My skin keeps the boy warm
on the coldest of nights.
My tendons kill thousands more
for the tribe to survive.
My bones held,
collected and cut.
My meat feeds families,
boys and girls.
Family and friends – appreciated and honored.
Bone handles hold ax heads that cut firewood.
Deer tallow keeps his tools from drying and cracking.
Meat feeds his family
to keep them alive.
Hooves hang as ornaments to show respect.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.