by Margaret Noodin
Published in Michigan Quarterly Review – Great Lakes Issue, 2011
Aanii ezhi pagozi dibikgiizis? / How does moonlight taste?
Aanii ezhi noodin pagwad / How much does the wind weigh?
Aanii ezhi ezhichigeyaamba / What do I need to do
Ji-nsostaawaag waawaateseg / to understand the fireflies?
Jiimaanan ina n’ga pagadanan giizhigong / Throw kisses or canoes to heaven?
Maage mikzhaweyaanh gdo’wiikweodenong / Or row to a heart’s shore?
N’wii bodewaadiz gonemaa / Perhaps I will set myself alight
Miidash tonaanan shkodensan shpemsigong / then place the flames in the sky
Anongziibike minajiwong dibikong / making a river flowing through night
Miidash wii baashkaazoying dibishko / where explosions echo
Zaagigaabaag ziigwaning. / the bursting leaves of Spring.
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