Who Am I

I have travelled many seasons
Lived many miles
Called by many names
Never knowing my self

On the mystic panes of northern waters
I see the Sky Dancers
Their movements cold in darkness
Shaken by Life, torn by Light

From the eternal woods of no name
Hides spirits we shudder
Sentinels born of seed given to seed
Embrace our children beneath them

Onto a vast plain, an openness forever
The sun lazy in its journey
Crawls the sky to its cradle
Blanketed by red clouds, it soon sleeps

Blackness now, beckons as a friend
Moulded by decay, thoughts gone wrong
I visit denizens, unknown spirits
Share visions of false delight

Soul soothed by the sun awakened
I bathe my mind in colours risen
Eyes open I see my thoughts
Ears open, words unspoken I hear my Fathers

Your name lost in travels
Foreign tongues called you Cree
Spirits of the sky, woods, land and waters
Know you as friend blessed as kin

Who Am I? You ask
You are *Nehiyawak the “exact People”
Who have roamed generations forgotten
Becoming you by lives lived, families gone.

*Nehiyawak – Nay-he-yuh-wak

Who Am I

Arnold Isbister

Saskatoon, Canada

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Vsion of a People’s path through time and place.

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