Hector

Grade 5

Mill Bay
British Columbia

The Way of Life – an elder’s perspective of home

warmth and comfort
safety and love
secure
my home
Tousilum’s home
Burgoyne Bay
calm
blue green water
trees wave
and swerve
in the gentle
breeze
house boats
circled in
black oil
flat with a down curve
twiggy
pebbly
tough thick grass
welcome poles
sea gulls
swimming in
the still calm water

ripped from
home like a leaf
floating over a
river
forced into
white school
like a helpless
lamb forced
to the slaughter
language lost
a treachery of
silent
ravens
little brothers
crying
in the
darkness
like
grass cries
for rain
in summer
their freedom
taken like
a fish frozen in
icy
water
culture taken
deforestation