On Neil Young, Stephen Harper, and Indigenous Sound

by waaseyaa'sin christine sy

after all the sounding out, the dancing, the fasting, the tweeting, the crying, the blocking, the negotiating, the marching, the protesting, the protecting, the walking

and walking

and walking

after all the ways over the past year and a half
after all the ways over the past year and a half
there was never anything.
never anything.
never a call-back.
never a response.
never a call and response.

not a sound.

neil young has a concert and stephen harper speaks.
neil young has a concert and stephen harper speaks.

there is exchange,
and there is exchange
witty as it is, it is also telling of
witty as it is, it is also telling of
white men with power talking about
white men with power talking about
talking about
talking about

on another note, a long time ago, a long time ago, miyaaw zhaa miyaaw zhaa miyaawzhaamiiyaawmiiyaazhaaw
there was story
on another note, a few years ago, there was story
on another note, Ojibway Anishinaabe Gichi Piitzijid James Dumont told a room full of people the Anishinaabe Creation Story.

one of them, because as Mississauga Anishinaabe Gichi Piitzijid Gidigaa Migizi says, we have more than one. we have four.

one of those stories goes likes this from the sounding out of Ojibway Anishinaabe Gichi Piitzijid Jame Dumont:

At first, there was sound.
And, gizhewe manidoo, the great kind mystery, put it out to the darkness.
And waited.
And waited.
And waited.
Nothing came back.
There was no life.

And, gizhewe manidoo put out sound and waited and waited and waited.
And waited and waited and waited.
Then,
it came back.
Sound.
Sound came back.
There was life.

There was life.

after all the sounding out, the dancing, the fasting, the tweeting, the crying, the blocking, the negotiating, the marching, the protesting, the protecting, the walking

and walking

and walking

after all the ways over the past year and a half
after all the ways over the past year and a half
there was never anything.
never a call-back.
never a response.
never a call and response.

not a sound.

there was no life.

neil young speaks and stephen harper responds

#neilyoungrocks
#harperspeaks
#whitemenstilltalking
#anishinaabelife
#indigenouslife

*originally published on Facebook, January 13, 2014, “Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy”

*chi miigawech to my niij Chris Wright for suggesting to blog. Sometimes the heart goes faster than the brain hence, poetry as fb status and not blog.

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