Friday, April 16, 2004




The Anglais They Say

            in the voice of Louis Riel

The anglais they say

I am crazy

the francophone       and the Metis.


But you old man

Why       do you smile?

Because you are gifted, Louis.

with second sight       like me.


But you       are not a man.

They       do not perceive

you       as such.

You       are a savage

who drifts

      over crosses

and churches

      and votive candles.


Louis learn to use this gift.

Smoke your pipe and wear your sash.



If I am gifted

      as you say


Why?

      do you       allow me

      to suffer?


Why?

      do you turn       into silent

      wings

      that disappear

      in the night?




Seven Songs for Uncle Louis : Louis Told Me in the voice of Evelina, Louis' betrothed

His Bundle