left hand shaped chair covered with snow in Niwot

Chief Niwot was left-handed, and the word niwot itself means left-handed. This is apparently the reason why you can see left-hand-shaped seats all around the town of Niwot now.

Whether Chief Niwot’s nails really looked so neatly trimmed or not, it’s up to you to decide. However much of Native American poetry I have read, I don’t know exactly how they used to deal with the growth of their nails.

on the roofs

We sleep on the roofs where snow
is hiding from lazy pigeons
and crows, crows and pigeons,
from marble men whose names
are forbidden for desperate tongues to utter,
from cemeteries and fast food joints,
from shovels with golden handles.
We see no dreams, no skies,
too afraid to fall.