Solomon Ratt: My Life


âskaw pikiskâtan;
tâpiskôc mâna kapî
ᐋᐢᑲᐤ ᐱᑭᐢᑳᑕᐣ᙮
ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᒫᓇ ᑲᐲ
ᐄ ᐲ ᓇᓃᒧᐦᑏᔮᐣ᙮
mayaw kâ-pôni-piyakwîthimisoyân
tipinawahk nimiskâson.
ᒪᔭᐤ ᑳ ᐴᓂ ᐱᔭᑹᖨᒥᓱᔮᐣ
ᓂᑕᑎ ᐊᓰᓇᒫᑮᖨᒥᓱᐣ᙮
ᓂᑕᑎ ᐚᑰᐑᐦᐃᓱᐣ᙮
ᑎᐱᓇᐘᕽ ᓂᒥᐢᑳᓱᐣ᙮
My life:
sometimes it's a lonely place;
it seems as if, always,
I come to walk against the wind.

My life:
Once I quit thinking of only myself,
I begin to forgive myself;
I begin to reconcile myself;
I find myself shelter from the wind.
New poem in Cree by Solomon Ratt, 4 March 2016

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About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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