songanddancegirl

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APOLOGY

STEPHEN HARPER ALL BUT ASKED THE POPE FOR AN APOLOGY*

Stephen went to Vatican City recently +acted somewhat

cowardly   Even Emily Carr came up against a wall of

indifference to indigenous suffering    She became a

landlord & dog breeder for a time

 

She who painted trees in their wedding dresses   In deep

greens  forest majesty   careening+dancing next to totem

poles   chopped haphazardly   Hacked by haters  colonizers

Now truth+reconciliation is everywhere

 

With much quibbling about semantics   whose genocide was

the real-deal   cut the deepest  hole   A few floors below the Carr

show  A.G.O.   hang the Warsaw ghetto photos    There the man

who saved the Torah!   There the bloated children  laying on the

streets

 

There is a certain kind of spotlight required for truth+reconciliation

from which most shy away   An x-ray of the human heart  circa 1942

showed lesions +rot so advanced that the Pope among others still can

not fathom it

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at the Mohawk Residential School in Brantford Ontario: they were

confined to cells like animals for days on end   fed only slimy oatmeal

+they powdered the children’s faces too   by any other name   a genocide

 

 

Summer 2015   *& the People’s Pope did not volunteer one

 

 

 

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