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“O for a Muse of fire,
that would ascend
The brightest heaven
of invention,
A kingdom for a
stage, princes to act
And monarchs to
behold the swelling
-Willam Shakespeare
King Henry V

From standing ground

this is the ground where we make our stand
this is our home our place our motherland
the site of our future and memory
the home of our heart and family
this is the ground of our persistence
the site of our resistance
Ipperwash Gustafsen Lake Pakaitore
Chiapas Restigouche and Hawai'i
Owen Sound Oka and Wounded Knee
this is the land of the sacred tree
Black Hills, Uluru, Halawa Valley
words spoken echo eternally
word given breath like waves in the sea
like fossils in stone ancestors in me

2006 Calgary International Spoken Word Society