doin time

doin time in america where the fast lane meets the slow
and the faces and the flora look the same as at home
doin time in america where the fast lane meets the slow
and the pulp mills make the water taste the same as at home
and the people need the water same as at home
doin time in canada where the fast lane meets the slow

turtle island animal spirit home
where living is shrouded in mist
where wild is as wild as wild is
where totems beckon us in
where wisdom is as old as it gets

western pacific rim on the edge with so far to go
beloved by wolf and emily clayoquot and kokoro

don’t want to wipe my tears on ancient trees
don’t want to read it in the paper over fallen bodies
it’s appropriation if it ain’t in the blood
why go telling someones story
when they can tell it themselves?

heya heya heya heya heya heya

it’s from here that we row
he ro he ro he ro he ro he ro he ro
siwash siwash siwash siwash siwash
she ro she ro she ro she ro she ro
turning turning turning to stone

… turtle island … earth … emily … carr
… kokoro (japanese) heart mind spirit soul
… (coast salish legend) siwash & family were immortalized in stone
… for courage on behalf of future generations

© sylvi & see through publishing winter / spring 1994 (socan)

on Phoenix CD (1996) Produced with Colin Nairne
www.BarneyBentall.com

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