Poem: The Land is Us

The water is on my skin,
I can feel the sand on my hands,
Akki,
Nibi,
The tall pines are a part of me,
I cannot shake the land that is a part of me,
Migizi,
Bineshii,
Ajijaak,
Aandeg,
Baapaase,
The dunes roll onward to the lake,
To the lake,
My feet race,
I catch up to nibi,
From my soles,
To my soul,
I connect,
I cannot shake my connection to the winged ones,
The fourfooteds,
Waawaashkeshi,
Zheshegowaabikosh,
Waabooz,
My friends,
My home.

Photo: A view from Arcadia Dunes looking north.