A poem I wrote which was also featured on my friend Roy’s Blog Here:
It also appeared in the literary supplement to the Ode’min Giizis Festival!
But for those of you who don’t wanna go nowhere, here is the Full Text version!:
Oskana Ska, Pile of Bones
The Queen’s City, Regina
We go on a walking tour called:
“IN THE FOOT-STEPS OF RIEL!”
We see the Court House where He was Sentenced
a Plaque in the park
a Statue, of Sir. John
and the Place where they brought The Body after they Executed him
it used to be a Church, But Now
it’s a Drop-in Centre for Troubled Youth
We go on a tour of the RCMP Heritage Museum
We See, hanging on the wall
they used to hang him with
We take tasteless photo’s
my brother, posing
in front of the noose
tongue lolling out
“. . . And just over there
is where they executed him,
over there by those barracks . . .”
that on the site, where such an important Historical Figure Was Executed, there isn’t
some kind of Museum dedicated to the preservation and history of Metis culture.
there’s an RCMP Heritage Museum symbolizing the Authority and Power of The
State, A warning to all those who would challenge it.
maybe not so strange
“It’s a really nice space”
We say polite things
about the building
to our tour-guide.