Slow at first until:
Like an electric shock
A startled response
“Surely, this cannot be,” we say…
Surely, yes, this is what you ARE seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, touching:
Our pain, as people of this place,
weighed down by structural violence…systemic injustice…
Like you inCanada, only your collective pain is so deep and long that
Cannot see the pain that systematically is tearing you apart…
Do you remember? Try…
You taught us about reserved areas, permits, and passes…about a century or more ago.
Well, maybe not directly. But through visitors fromSouth Africa. You hosted them.
Then, we, from this land bridge between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean visited those inSouth Africa…
And then set up the reserved areas, permits, and pass system here.
Apartheid – it’s Afrikaans for “apart-ness”.
The friendship between us, now?Canada and ‘Israel’ – BFF: Best Friends Forever!!
Oh, the connection is long…the pain runs deep…
As you listen to the truth
-ARE you trying? To heal, and reconcile as a society…?
“The mandate for The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is found in Schedule N of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.” (See here.)
Help! Help…we don’t want to bury our pain and forget like you.
BFF – Let’s walk together, listen, and listen some more.
Slow at first, and then
An electric shock!!
-Sherry Ann (15 March 2012)
Thank you, Sherry Ann, for bringing into sharp focus the parallels and intersections. Congratulations on your Engaged Citizen award. You put your two minutes of microphone time to inspirational use with this poem.
Thank you Sherry Anne, for making these connections so clear.
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