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, a not-for-profit-in-the-making with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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