Weightless

The landscape of my childhood is now a UNESCO Mixed World Heritage Site.  The nearly 30,000 square kilometers in the heart of Canada’s boreal forest is designated as having “outstanding universal value to all of humanity.”

“There are few great forests left in the world. And even fewer where indigenous people have been taking care of the land for thousands of years. But such a rare place exists…In Ojibwe we call it Pimachiowin Aki (Pim–MATCH–cho–win Ahh–KEY) or “the land that gives life.” Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) Elders teach us that the land provides fresh water, healthy food and clean air for many people near and far.”

 

Weightless

 

At the water’s edge

is an empty canoe

open to the pouring

 

in of starlight:

it’s inconceivable to bail

the light out

 

once it has been

(however briefly)

carried—

 

From Wavelengths of Your Song (McGill-Queen’s University Press)