Identity

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If I had a language, and a culture,

like the first people,

I would hold on to them,

close to my heart,

holding on with an iron grip,

and I would spend time,

with brothers and sisters, and cousins,

dancing, singing, feasting,

enjoying the creation, the life.

And if someone took,

my brothers, and sisters, and cousins,

from me, I would be angry,

if someone took my language,

my culture,

then and nowwho I am as a person,

away from me,

I would be angry,

if someone cut my hair,

cut off all our hair,

and threw it in the trash,

so we could look white,

I would be angry,

if someone put us in a school,

to practice being Christians,

to learn how to be white,

I would be angry.

Somehow though,girls in school

in order to survive,

I would have to let it go,

Somehow, I don’t know how,

but somehow,

I would have to learn,

how to forgive,

somehow.

Like Albert White Hat said,

“otherwise it will kill you”.

Forgive, somehow,

then I can be a real person, once again.

albert white hat

Note: This poem is about history, and in particular the boarding schools our nation forced First Nations people to go to. It was difficult to write.

 Blessings to everyone and PEACE!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Poetry © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

top image from pinterest, additional images from google

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14 thoughts on “Identity

  1. A beautiful message about the dignity of forgiveness….never stooping to the level of those who misunderstood and undervalued you, created unique and precious, and eternally loved by your Creator.

      1. You bet. A good poem on a tough topic. One of my best friends growing up was First Nations, and I hope one day we will get over putting people in boxes…we are all children of God and siblings.

  2. impressive, emotional and excellent… I do believe that our identity is extremely important to be balanced and harmonious adults… as for the white Americans, all their roots and origins are here, in “old Europe” – even though they’ve been US-citizens for several generations.

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