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Ursa Minor: Poetry inspired by real Northern news

Aerial image from the top of snowy mountain pines in the middle of the winter

“No mental health support available for First Nations Artist who died in jail, says Chief.” CBC. Feb 15, 2017.

Those Who Are Carried Away

(Gagiid)

the night is a  pretty stranger

who calls your name

 

through clenched teeth, sweetens

 

all manner of bitterness with the soothing

sounds of a river running, water moving

 

under bridges swollen up with swallows

 

bones, broken cups, carnation blossoms, used syringes, i love yous

left unreturned or forgot, other

 

alms to the failures of the failures of the dead

 

now sleeping in cold eddies someplace

where the river meets the unparted sea

 

shadows of themselves darkened by long longed for repose

 

accusing as empty bottles, parole hearings, missed birthday, court orders

drunk and disorderly, it’s

 

one thing to be downing, another to be drowned, irreconcilable

 

as dusk and day, a hand rising up, reaching up

begging to go down

 

there are those who are carried away

 

who have fallen through the despairing ice, capsized

and do or do not return

 

there is no help for this says the night

 

to you, to no one, to the owl, to the white

frost-burnt trees

 

you are all alone: there is only you and me


Photo credit: istockphoto/ognianm

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