By Karen Flett from Winnipeg

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This unnamed poem is from the book All Our Sisters: Stories of Homeless Women in Canada By Susan Scott

If you are going to help me
Please be patient while I decide
I can trust you
Let me tell you my story
The whole story in my own way
Please accept that whatever I may do
Is the best I can offer and
Seemed right at the time
I am not just a person
I am this person unique and special
Don’t judge me as right or wrong
Bad or good I am what I am
And that’s all I got
Don’t assume that your knowledge
Is more accurate than mine.
You only know what I have
Told you that small part of me
Don’t ever think that you know what
I should do you don’t I may be
Confused but I’m still the expert about me
Don’t place me in a position
Of living up to your expectations
I have enough trouble with mine
Please hear my feelings not just
My words accept all of them
If you can’t how can I?
I can do it myself I know
I knew enough to ask for help didn’t I?
Help me to help myself

Karen  Frett


Dark Eyes

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Juan Garcia Esquivel

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“I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees.”

Pablo Neruda

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“There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don’t expect you to save the world I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.” – Nikki Giovanni

revisitionist history by S. N.

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“revisionist history”

we sit in silence
thinking of her.
so many others
woman not read
about but have
gone missing
found dead.

what will they say years from now?
will they know
the countless stories
that soak into earth quickly
seep and go missing into
smoke and chaos?
the stories of war
not in the headlines
but caked in the fingernails
of those passed
burrowed in wounds
and glazed eyes closed?

will they remember
moments not caught on camera?
urgent moments
laced with fear
her will to live
pulsating rapidly
in and out of breath
sweaty heart beats
gone cold?

will they remember this history?

Written by a person identified as S. N.,  a thirtysomething  South Asian poet and writer. The poem comes from the book Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith & Sexuality, edited by Sarah Husain.  The copyright is 2006. Published by Seal Press.

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“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow. ” – Alice Walker

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