3 A.M.

by Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

in the Albuquerque airport
trying to find a flight
to Old Oraibi, Third Mesa
is the only desk open
bright lights outline New York
Chicago and the attendant doesn’t know
that Third Mesa
is a part of the center of the world
and who are we
just two Indians
at three in the morning
trying to find a way back
and then I remembered
that time Simon
took a Yellow Cab
out to Acoma from Albuquerque
a twenty-five dollar ride
to the center of himself
3 A.M. is not too late
to find the way back

Last updated December 05, 2022