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Living Excerpts

Special excerpts from Living in the Tall Grass by Chief Stacey Laforme

This poem is in honour of a little girl with the heart of a lion Taetum Willow Mattice, an inspiration to all the people she met in life. 

Connection 

I don’t have to know you to love you
I don’t have to know you to cry

I will grieve for you
I will grieve for the loss of such a gift

I will offer my prayers in your name
And I will pray for your loved ones

The thought of you
Is enough to make you part of me

My mind has created a place in my heart
A place you will now reside forever

I will miss you
I will remember

I will not be ashamed to shed my tears
A small part for you, a larger part for them, and some for
me

I don’t have to know you to love you
I don’t have to know you to cry.

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The Day the Earth Cried

The Earth cried yesterday
And no one listened

They saw but they didn’t care
They knew but they didn’t stop

They watched, they were appalled
but they watched
They filed letters, they said excuse me
that’s wrong

They told their friends, this is wrong
And the friends said yes this is wrong

And the government said it will be okay
And the people said, yeah maybe so

And the Earth cried
And the people watched

And hurricanes happened
And the weather turned treacherous

And the Earth cried
And the people watched

The oceans and seas turned against man Everywhere in the world weather
attacked man

And the Earth cried

And the people watched

And one day the people died

And the Earth cried and nobody watched.


Excerpts are from Living in the Tall Grass: Poems of Reconciliation by Chief R. Stacey Laforme

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