Feral

Adopted kids

Those adopted kids

Or them

That was us

 

People were gruff

Didn’t realize

Care

We were children

 

With feelings

For awhile

We were hurt

Toughened up

 

After the fact

Our parents

Began oddly

Parenting

 

Drove us

To parks

Gave me a bat

Jeff got a ball

 

Told to play

Play what?

They always drove away

Left us there

 

Instead

We smoked

Waited

Wild

Published online March 28 2017.

Keri Cheechoo, a Cree woman from Long Lake #58 First Nation, is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Keri possesses an MA, an HBA, and a BEd. Her final MA project, Agency, a collection of provocative poetry, chronicles her life as an Indigenous woman, focusing on intersecting themes of colonization, silence, racism and resilience.


Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics cover image

This piece was published in ‘Northern Ontarian Innovative and Indigenous Poetics,’ the Winter 2017 issue of CV2.

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