Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

King Philip's War

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

King Philip's War

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I stood on the corner of Wait and Pequot

in Roxbury, confusing the Pequot War with yours.

I'm sorry. They shared the same paragraph

on the glossy page of my expensive textbook.

You wanted to push the Puritans out of your Plymouth.

They just wanted to survive. None of the settlers

were interested in the implications of Manifest Destiny,

you were just the enemy, an obstacle put before them.

Victors have the privilege of hindsight, the luxury of guilt.

This is still your Plymouth, but there is no new Metacomet.

Church and his rangers defeated you and your spirit.

Your legacy is a sidewalk littered with Stop & Shop bags.

I don't think I've won, I don't think of historic significance,

I'm not interested in socio-economic dynamics,

I just like my rent below $650 a month,

because honestly, it's all I can afford right now. …

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