Poem: Two-Spirit Identity

Horrific experiences,
Shunned by the community,
Crying in the corner,
Alone,

Why the community doesn’t understand you,
Gender deviation,
Reformation assimilation,
Hardship buried deep,
Internalized oppression by dominant culture forces,
To harm,
Hinder,
Hold back,

Production,
Assemble,
The pieces,
Forget,

If generational trauma aligned,
Synchronicity,
In oppression,
To align and affirm,
To make us cry together,
To make us heal together,

If generational trauma,
Dug up,
Looked at,
Divvied up,
Dealt with,
Along the shoreline,
In the forest,
Composting like crumbled leaves into the soil,
Richness in the compost,
Richness in healing,

Jingles,
Song,
Drum,
Sound,
Listen,

Generational trauma,
If you are here,
Hear,
Listen,
Identity aligned.