If you read my last post, you’ll know I’m going to be publishing my first poetry collection!
I’m so excited to share my words with all of you!
This also seems to be a time for inspiration because though I’ve finished that collection, I have inspo for more poems! And I think I’ll be making more collections..ah!!!
I’d like to share one of them here…
I haven’t talked about my background much.
My mom’s side is from Wales and my dad’s side is from… here I believe, Canada, or at least in the area.
My dad’s side is Indigenous.
Specifically, we are Metis, which is native/white.
Metis peoples first generation was when fur traders came across and ended up having children with the Native women.
Those children were called Metis, meaning half/mixed.
I only learned about my culture roughly 7 years ago (?) and I’ve still got a lot to learn about it, but I feel a deep connection with my Heritage and felt moved to write some poems about it.
Here is one that will be in the second collection…
We stand on the land of the Original people
They were beaten and shamed for being who they were
Forced to change and leave their heritage behind
Many were killed in their fight for freedom
And we stand where they were buried without a second thought
Out of sight out of mind
We’ll keep fighting
Resilient against those who try to wipe away our identities
“Beat the Indian” out of us
The blood of our peoples will continue through the generations
We stand proud of our heritage and who we are as a peoples
You can’t kill us off that easy