Engussi Wedzin Kwah – Jennifer Wickham, Gidumt’en of the Wet’suwet’en


Engussi Wedzin Kwah

She is my healer

a consoling friend

a life giver, a grandmother

a sister to the ancient ones

she heard the songs and touched the skin

of the original Wet’suwet’en

sacred knowledge in every drop

but we forgot

we try to listen with our ears

time has made us deaf to her

there’s too much background noise

the smog is in our souls

Engussi Wedzin Kwah

shhhhhhhhhhhh….. can you hear her cry for you?

I need a job, I need a new car

I just bought an eco-friendly travel mug from *fill

in the blank*… it’s funny right?

the love of my life is not my cell phone

a flat screen tv or my shoes

Engussi Wedzin Kwah!

I don’t need to tell you how beautiful she is

how her clear blue/green sparkles in the sun

or how her glacial currents take your breath away

and jumps starts your soul and every cell in your body

how her voice sings you alive

this isn’t that kind of love poem

Let’s get back to listening…..

What are the names of your rivers?

Can you hear them inside you?

Let’s resurrect those words together

ALL our words, all at once

I want to feel all those hard and soft sounds

hitting me at the same time

just let me absorb the words of our ancestors

like Wedzin Kwah

but I’m not a river

I am a Wet’suwet’en woman

and my purpose is clear

Like ancient protocol and boundaries

I’ll show you where the line is

we were born her guardians

warriors watch over Wedzin Kwah


poem: Jennifer Wickham, Gidumt’en of the Wet’suwet’en



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