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December 1, 1997

This week, we have a poem written by Black Wolf, from Manitoba.

I'm Not Alone

by Black Wolf

Hostility
it lingers in my mind my body
amongst my hopes my notions
it is compelling, forceful
who will help me ?
I have strayed
strayed from the path
the bars behind which I've placed myself are arctic
the echoes are friendless
the undermost part is now
no ambitions
no direction
only dismal sorrow
amongst the nullifying emotions
and antipathy
a societ I'm alien to has denounced me
but my journey will be suppressed
I've still got my dreams
when the laws of the whiteman fail to crush our hopes
our spiritual laws wil reign supreme
behind me
the wolf
thunderbird
bear
above me the eagle soars with my prayers
letting me know
I'm not alone

[Published with permission, this poem is from the stories, poetry and visual art by the students of the school at Stony Mountain Correctional Institute, Stony Mountain, Manitoba, entitled Spirit Within Our Dreams, p.52.]

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