SHOUT

In the rain there are tears 
From All Nations there are tears 
The mother land cries out in tears...
There is silence

She was someones laughter
She was a daughter of the community
She was loved 
She was moved by simple gestures
She was a sister of all women
In history she has been lost
We are here without her
Our tears shedding...our fears brought to life
By her loss.

The water flows in autumn
Trees run sap in spring
The stones shed rain in winter
In summer buffalo cry for her 

Sweetgrass whispering her name brings sorrow on the wind

Daughter.... sister.... cousin... friend.... mother...

Where are you?

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Can you hear them in the ground as surely as their ancestors are calling out for peace?

Find them
Dont let anyone forget 
Dont let anyone forget 

Keep them clear and loud
Keep the memories loud

Keep their names alive
Shout
In 
The 
Silence


                             ~ Sheri Watson



Grease: we-gthi
 
shpo^
sodden  grease
paint 
& fury work
someone slipped into the rain
nizhiu`...
slept between the 
the grease coagulated greys
of days
uncounted

no thoughts
no injuries
no....indentations
mo^`-tse
of remembering
someone 
became a human being
became
what was to be  found
in that/
deep secreted place
within
thi-tho`-to^

so said the song
what was crooked
will be laid straight
to be seen/
revealed...a/
revelation!..
thi-wa-to^-i^!

o^...yea
news (of)
ancient days
ancestral bones
olde ways
the....
bones of us all
wa-mo^-pshe-the
wa-hi`
ts'a-ge`
ni-ka-shi-ga

agony's dance
i`-wa-tsi
is only a 
quick steppe away
from the blood furrows
sorrows
dropped upon us
draped 
upon our earth
stains fresh
& drying
signs of 
"trying to make it!! "

wa-ni`-e
wa-tha-xthi

to^-to^-tha
it is a reel
the drunken shuffle 
of weariness
of being broken to fit
the wheels
of industry
the dusty insanity
rising form a/
human being's pores
ts'e-ga
xi^-ha
mo^-sho`-sho-dse
the pain will only
end...
with death
ts'ee...

ts'a-ge`
hni-wa-tse
sho`-dse

the cold smoke
of age smothered
feathers
spirit...shadow

no^-xe
ke`-da-xe
it won't be/
long
ga-co^`-i^
here comes 
day..breaking heavy
the breath
of the dead
lays
upon that one 
borne  
with no name

ni-o^
a memory
captured
maybe tomorrow
but today
is just another day
of the drunken reel
pain that/
just continues
endless repetitions 
scars/weals/
blood calls to blood

wa-bi^`

zhu flesh
shuffles
with the human being
just inside
grease of suffering
smothering
sound songs
fluid in the rain

through the
crushing  quiet
it becomes known
nothing really changes
faltering dreams
everything dies...time & time
again..

grease warped
small whispers
a voice almost
from the dead
almost from the 
grave
says...
" I am here "....


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


                        ~ SoldierBlue

Midnight Walks
 
Author's Note: I saw a part of a movie called Backroads with the female lead from ThunderHeart - she played the part of a native Lawyer...she had two sisters...one of whom was found raped and murdered...at the end of the movie, the credits said that though the movie was fictitious the deaths of native women in like scenarios were not...it has been a journey I have never shrunk back from...I will continue to write of my silence(d) sisters for as long as I have breath..this is but the latest installment..

Midnight Walks


mid night walks
looking for
the medicine
mo^-ko^`
medicine in evidence
ho^-i-ni-do
wa-tho^

nocturnal songs
sung/
smoking over
live coals
pe`-dse_ci-tse
strung to 
foot steppes
shaping their own land
wandering away
from the roads
they knew
chasing vagry shadows
through the shallows
through the deeps

sometimes an abyss
of emptiness
xtho`-k'a
chasing the last
shafts
of sunlight

my  sisters
in jeopardy
missing/murdered
still with us
getting ready to
slip away...stumble
into the munelight


medicine is looking
for you
it is in the DIMS
of OUR star light...
OUR well remembered
stars!..mi-k'a-k'e
medicine surrounds you
my daughters..my
mothers...
my...silence(d) sisters!

midnight walks
wa-hi`
bones still limber
tall/moving
blood/wa-bi^`
a pumping drum
tse`-xe-ni
medicine all around you!!

mid night medicine
walks
red earth sisters....
your relations
are crying for you!!

babies...grandmothers
four thousand!
six thousand!
thirty years!
thirty thousand!..
ONE DEAD
MURDERED/MISSING SISTER!...
IS ONE TOO MANY!!
MY silence(d) sisters!!....

shadow plays
trickster/mocker
ka`-xe_to^-ga
ke`-da-xe-shko^
his shadow image
dancing/shaking
his lengthening braid
of skulls..some older...undiscovered
some newly wet
ni--zhiu`
i^-shta`-bthi
o^
with a rain
of fresh tears

do not!/...let him
take your breath!
ni-o^`
closed eyes 
make you blind!

sisters
pliable 
soft as clay
trying to walk
a life of concrete
it will break you!!...
trying to be kewel!
with the crowd shopped
glitter groups
knife edged neon(s)
the dance goes on

medicine all around you
soft sage
fragrant cedar 
& tobacc
firm earth
to walk upon/
take it!!

small winsome spirits
caught/ 
upon bramble thorns
hooked upon snags
river side 
beached gasping
upon mudflats
river pool backwaters

thin/hollows
spirits 
shaving away thins
leaving blood trails
wa-bi^`
u-zho^-ge

& you!...don't even know
or are so filled 
with apathy
painted in grey line 
sorrow...xo`-de
that you 
do not care

shadow hunters 
see you!
smell your scent!...
btho^!...
walking/weaving
shuffling in a drunken
reel
through their 
darkness!...

to^-to^-tha_stse
sha-be`!!

shall it be said again?!...
o^!..yes!!
all who wander
between steele ashes
concrete smoke 
& the dust!
with a copper 
blood tang
in the 
smothering darkness
sha`-be
talons sharp!
to rend...canines!
whetted 
to rip flesh 
zhu!

All who wander!!...
ARE NOT LOST!!..
medicine walks 
at mid night
mo^-ko^`
the medicine is always 
there...
(love)

family is
what you make it
you can't choose 
your parents...
you CAN choose
your family!!...
aunts!...uncles!..
grandmothers!...grandfathers!....
voices...eyes...kindness...
DO NOT FADE AWAY!!...

O^...the medicine
is always there
that place!...
of being!...
share your smile!
be/ of the dreams
of those 
who care 
about you!!
ho^-bthe

we/are the 
GhostRoad borne
and we will bring
ALL our 
silence(d) sisters 
home!!..
ALL of them!!...

ho^_u-to^-ga
mo^-i^`
medicine
all around you 
my sisters...
all/of you...
no^-xe_u-zho^-ge
u`-be-hni

                               ~ SoldierBlue