He drew a circle that shut me out

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.

But Love and I had the wit to win:

We drew a circle that took him in.

When I first partnered with the Standing Rock Trip, I imagined myself as the one drawing the circles. That through my testimony, sweet words, and good deeds, I would make a difference. After 5 trips, lots of laughter, even more tears, a few research papers, and meeting some incredible people, I realized how wrong I was.

They drew a circle that took me in. I was the one who had shut them out. I had unknowingly shut an entire community out because I didn’t know – I just didn’t know.

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