National Aboriginal Solidarity Day, Canada, June 21, 2013

This is the celebration –
from Powwow in Calgary
to marchers on the streets of Ottawa
from dance  in the heart to treaty rights,
from telling the old stories of pain,
to singing new stories of hope
in old and new words.

This is the solidarity —
from others – all the immigrants
and children of immigrants
of the Americas,
which are the most and the loudest.

On this longest day,
a day of the longest listening,
just listening.

This is the prayer
for those who are Christian —
commitment to small and humble Hurring
holding up the arms of those
who like Moses long ago
are weary.

Dragging over a rock for sitting is prayer,
steadying the elbow is prayer.

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2 Responses to National Aboriginal Solidarity Day, Canada, June 21, 2013

  1. A fine poem, – and the last two lines are so beautiful. It is a heartache that the grinding poverty of Native people does not lift, even though we have learned much about the value of their traditionalism. May a way be found . . .

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