MMIW... Twentysix (silenced sisters)
 
Trailing names
failing voices
shadow sounds
the echoes 
beyond the din
passion fades 
with firelight

strong sisters
fallen sisters..
o^
the fallen
and fallen away
silenced..
silence...
my sisters
of red earth 

a runner
prepares
for her 
race
choosing
twentysix names
for (a) marathon
of miles
the distances
we have traveled
as native blood peoples
death marches
marks
upon our...
long darkened
walks of shadow
ke`-da-xe
wa-mo^pshe-the
known well 
to the olde ones

mo^-zho^_the_ga-ha
as natives 
to these lands
we know
these kinds 
of sufferance well...

Silence(d) sisters
o^...the fallen
and the  
fallen away
lay upon her
breath
waiting/
for the  day
when they would be...
spoken

that twentysix names
were chosen 
from many
and so/
only a beginning
nowhere near 
the sum of
just how many 
are among those/
to be counted
as
M issing/M urdered
I ndigenous W omen
gender genocide!!
speaks volumes
beyond any means
of measure..

ta`-ko_i-zho^-the
sacred older sisters
dressed in red
zhu`-dse
Mo^-thi^`-ka
no^-be`!

hand prints
red as fever..
a`-tsi^
or a second wind
fever heat
from their breath
to that of 
my strong sister

gutturals of recall
breath songs
new...'nd recaste
breaking the dawn
ga-co^`-i^
my strong sister
speaks the names 
she found
to carry 
face paint 
on her riven breath
of marathon

the rush
the race 
of sacrifice
hands
sha`-ge-wa-hi^
clocks
dawn light!...
the sun approaches!...
breaking 
upon us all

upon the fallen
and the fallen away
mmiw 
M issing M urdered 
I ndigenous W omen
MY Silence(d) Sisters!!
strong sister 
who ran her marathon
with us still
a strong voice
for our many/
we can not
see

We look beyond
the base lines
blaque skyes
shining eyes
drag/ lines
vacant faces
drug scorched promises
shallow words
tombstone accolades
for a/ gender genocide
my sisters..
fallen 
'nd falling away
red earth!!..

STOP KILLING 
MY SISTERS!!
THEY DON'T 
NEED TO DIE!!

ts'ee_wa-bo`-cke_i-ba-xtse
death reaper
hands dipped
in our clay
summoned from
the/cloying myst
offering my sisters
that/ final kiss!

my strong sister
grasping syllables
gasping...
endorphins kicking in!
the race run
the page turns....
'nd we...begin 
again..ha`-shki-pa
back/...at 
the beginning  place/
again!...

collated names!
national levels
land O the free yea?!
six thousand 
m issing m urdered 
i ndigenous w omen
twenty sixteen

only one hundred sixteen
appeared in the registry
entered as [m issing]
into the
data bank
of

M issing M urdered
I ndigenous W omen
a mantra
of pain!!...
my silence(d) sisters
the fallen 
'nd the 
fallen away

we grieve
we bleed
for you!!..

Wa-bi^`
bo^_hu`-ca-gi
Wa-bi^`

blood calls
to blood!!

we shall seek 
you
sing for you!
to...
rest in peace...
or be found..

for the m issing...
we will
call your names!
for the m urdered...
we shall pray and sing
as we/ remember 
your faces
wi`-gi-e
wa-tho^
i^-dse`..

all recalled
facial profiles
sharpened...sharp
held in trust
sharp!..
none so long ago
as to not be
in our hearts
tho^`-dse
the fallen
'nd the fallen away
I ndigenous W omen

my silence(d) sisters
we 
Pray...for you
in ceremony 
day by day
u-k'o^
ho^`-ba

Watching as the skin
of our sacrifice'
falls from us
as it would 
after a fever
ki-pa`-xtho^-dse

It is 
a mantra
we will repeat
again 'nd again
M issing M urdered
I ndigenous W omen

MY silence(d) sisters
the fallen
'nd the fallen away

no^-xe_u-zho^-ge
u`-be-hni

~ SoldierBlue


#UsToo

Missing Native American females
Murdered Native American females
Who cares about us?
Who speaks for us?

Missing First Nation females
Murdered First Nation females
Who cares about us?
Who speaks for us?

Red dresses hanging in trees
Reminders of our “missing & murdered”
Red dresses without human skin
Red dresses gently swaying in the breeze

Red dresses who experienced trauma
Red dresses who experienced domestic violence
Red dresses who were never given a chance
Red dresses hanging lifeless

#UsToo – we hurt
Who will care about us?
Who will speak up for our missing?
Who will speak up for our lost?

We will!
Your white sisters
Your Asian sisters
Your black sisters
Your Hispanic sisters

Together
We see your red dresses hanging in trees
We see you and remember you
We stand with you in support

~ Karen Spencer-Barnes, a white sister