Woman of this Land (as published in Honouring indigenous Women Hearts of Nations – Vol. 2 )

Published on page 7  http://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/honouring-indigenous-women-vol-2-final.pdf

When first you came, how helpless and needy you
were.
It was I that saved you
I that fed you
I that healed you

Mother of this land

As mother of this land, today you
Mock me
Curse me
Try to make nothing of me

Mother of this land

When first you came, how beautiful, exciting and
powerful I was
It was I that you lusted for
I that you associated as

Queen of this land

As queen of this land today how you
Ridicule me
Degrade me
Imagine me dead

Queen of this land

When first you came here, how young I was
My father of power
How often I saved you
Loved you

Princess of this land

As princess of this land today, I try to save mine
And you scold me
Harass me
Degrade me

Princess of this land

When first you settled here,
How poor I was
A whore you thought of me
And savage I became

Squaw of this land

Today I refuse your labels
You, virus on this land
I am mother
queen and princess despite all you say
today, I remain

Woman of this land

A Historical review of how First Nations women were
viewed through time.
© 2012 Mariel Belanger

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