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Renaissance Land​ 

by Andrew Calhoun, written on Matinicus Island 2017, based on Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. 

Out here in Renaissance land,
A tardy reconnaissance man 
Brought blueprints to the plan, 
Packed up ​ in a prospecting pan, 
Oh, and—"What’s for breakfast?' 
Oh, and—'What’s for lunch?' 
Can you guess the next question? 
O mercy, Captain Crunch. 
I had a ditch to wallow, 
I had a storm to fend; 
I had a prince to follow, 
And yet a fence to mend 
Out here in Renaissance land. 

There's nothing left to borrow, 
Out where the heart’s been had,
Where now there’s only sorrow,
No reason to be sad; 
You lost in hesitation, 
T​o look before you leap, 
The dream was dead already 
Before you fell asleep. 
It’s only for the pleasure ,
A strip show for the blind, 
We wander from the treasure 
We ever seek to find,
Out here in Renaissance land.

And oh, my father’s sins,
And oh, my mother’s merit 
​P​raise the humble thing 
That nothing will inherit, 
The name of glory hostage, 
The shuffle in the tongue, 
The shift​ing of the​ language, 
The hanging days begun, 
We want what you got, 
The beauty and the sum, 
A blessing from your bloody throat, 
Your promise peace will come, 
Out here in Renaissance land.