biboon solstice means aadisokaanan time

by waaseyaa'sin christine sy

my cheeks are burning,

& smoke lingers in plaid

up through my nostrils.

i am filled with

gaabiboonke’s (the wintermaker’s)

making wind

& winter giizis (sun),

filled up on nanabush

stories, solstice

and two-day-old

venison stew.

the prophecy

song, strong women’s

song, and akiwenzi’s

(old man’s) razzy jazz

drum song for you,

mushkego kwe.