Turtle Island Responds

From Time Immemorial

The time is now

crisis: a time of great difficulty trouble or danger a time
when a difficult or important decision must be made
the turning point of a disease when an important
change takes place indicating either recovery or death

Troll

He's a mean one, Mr. Troll
I wonder what soured his soul
enough to tell me
I was not attractive enough to worry

about being raped?

Ripples of Darkness

A mother's hands stack clean needles, latex gloves.
For our children, she says, for the lost ones.
For the ones we've saved many times before,
For the ones we hope to save just one time more.

Why, neighbours ask while politicians gloat.
Why chain the monster only to offer our throats?
Why save a life to simply hand them the knife?

Do you see, can't you see, why can't you see?!

10 years to yes

this is my third war*

may 2009
if you can’t see me does it mean I don’t exist yes if you see me but you don’t see what makes me me does it mean you don’t see me yes if you cannot see that the thing that makes me me hurts burns ashes all over if you cannot see me shall I bother to stay alive no

Unveiling

Truth has started to call to me.

First, as wordless pain,
Turning in me quietly, pushing at my gut in the early dawn.

Truth is coaxing itself into the corners of my eyes.

 Truth is running down my cheeks, silently,
& falling down the stream of my neck,
into the hollows I have carved in my shoulders.

Truth is reminding me that my first language
was always         weeping.

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