(playing) right now

by waaseyaa'sin christine sy

“zaagi’idiwin nagamon”

by

gijigijigaaneshiinhyag

*

“love song”

by

chickadees

*

gijigijigaaneshiinhyag,

nagamowaad

iwe

nooji’ikwewe-nagamon

wodi, jiigigiizhigaatigoog

*

the chickadees,

are singing

that

flirting song

there, by the cedar trees

*

ininaatigoog,

maajigaa, na?

*

the man trees,

are they starting to run with sap?

Note To Reader: this is baby-talk Anishinaabemowin because that’s all i got. the ideas are still beautiful, na? that’s what’s important to me. i don’t know if Old Time Anishinaabeg would use the word flirting/courting to describe the song gijigijigaaneshiinh are singing today but my friend who taught me a lot about the way the sugar bush works, told me that that song is a mating song; it’s a sign of spring and of course, it’s a sign of sugaring season, in these parts anyhow. [If there are any language speakers who wish to make this correct, please do! miigwech!]

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