jeudi 19 mai 2016

Splitting Worlds (for artist Darla Fisher-Odjig's Exhibit, 'Cowboys & Indians')

Splitting Worlds
On the occasion of artist Darla Fisher-Odjig’s exhibit, “Cowboys and Indians” (May 19, 2016)

Wenesh aw? Who is that?
I know her not, the girl she is
hard lines drawn by a
world that forced her
conformation, and built
a smooth, clear border
between her inside
and out.
HI hey hey hey, HEY hey hi…

Wenesh aw? Who is that?
the girl within, features
once strong and clear,
fading the well-formed
warrior of her past into
a cloudy cream of loss,
of falling, fragmented memories.
HI hey hey hey, HEY hey hi…

Nmaanaadendam, I am sad,
I cannot take her back,
cannot reclaim her robust
beginnings, full of a rich fern-
green heritage and deep,
sweet fruits of ancestors’
lineage, in an earth untorn
by cultural clear-cutting.
HI hey hey hey, HEY hey hi…

Aabiish Eshaad? Where is she going?
but to find her links to
the grandmothers.
to reawaken the hazy faces and
soft, rubbed out pathways
to her distinct identity in this world
of splitting.

HI hey hey hey, HEY hey hi…

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