‘The rainbow signifies Supernatural-One-Upon-Whom-It-Thunders
Chief of all the supernatural beings in the woods.’
She leans in
until her face
This here is eagle’s beak, this
feathered brow. Where he sits
is this world
balanced on back of a tortoise.
Such the world carved into being,
such the sun’s face and such the moon’s
such is fire of the totem’s mouth
sought from the gods.
In this way the wood will speak
but only if we
When the knife first bit
he saw his daughter’s eyes
there within the grain.
No Apocrypha, mind—in this moment
from the land of the spirit,
only then coming into being
not until he saw her
spirit embed wood, not until
he saw her
Victoria Museum of Natural History, Exhibit of First Nations.