Patient Explanations #7

I admit I’m an addict My drug of habit Is sadness Melancholy outlook Dark theme sketchbooks Slow ballad hooks Heavy blankets on thin sheets Headphones and lo-fi beats And cold feet It’s all familiar to me As brokenness fills the seams I smile as the void greets me “Have you relapsed? Are you ok?”And I … Continue reading Patient Explanations #7


Concentration camps Labor campsInternment camps Re-education campsGulag Prison campResidential school They always have a new more palatable name But the horrors are always the same Innocence buried in unmarked graves Missing and Murdered in erasures name Indigenous genocide as settlers laid claim Manifest Destiny becomes National shame 215 and millions more were slain As lane … Continue reading 215


The apocalypse came as a rash and blister Nations mourned elders, brothers, and sisters And yet we remained The hostiles came next taking everything War until treaty or learned the whips sting And yet we remained Deception was the next tool of torment Broken treaties, unceded land, disarmament And yet we remained Concentration camps and … Continue reading Remnant


Red hand printsWeeping sons and stolen sisters Vanished like spoken whispers Trafficked to unknown And red hand prints Police reports filed under apathy Old photographs loving memory Lost souls in bereavement And red hand prints New reports devoid of revelation Police systems avoided reformation Congress legislates in apathy And red hand prints Children without mothers … Continue reading MMIW