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Updated: Nov 4, 2021

The words of my people are in me

though I don’t know how

to say them fluidly

just yet


my mind tries to formulate a plan

to capture them


it hasn’t worked


and maybe it’s not a thing to be caught


maybe it’s a feeling

an embodied being

an integrated self


trusting instead of trying


being instead of reaching


the words of my Ancestors

get caught in my throat


fear of sounding foolish

fear of not being understood


I haven’t found the words yet


maybe I’ll give up searching

and let them find me instead



JGT



Video taken on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Territory,

May 2021





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