Gimaazinibii’amoon (A Message to You)
Ningikendaan akiin bakaanag
onzaam gaa nindaanikoobijiganinaanig
onzaam wiijiwag wanishinowaad daawaad noongom
onzaam gii-izhi’iyan zhigo.
Giishkaanaabikaa ina gidaaw
gaye gichigami aawiyaan
I know there are different worlds
because our ancestors sent them messages
because lost lovers now live in them
because you just said that right now.
Are you the carved shoreline
and I the sweet water sea
or am I the shifting wind
you cannot perceive?
Margaret Noodin, “Gimaazinibii’amoon (A Message to You)” from What the Chickadee Knows. Copyright © 2020 by Margaret Noodin. Used with the permission of Wayne State University Press.
This poem was originally read in the Poetry Unbound episode “Margaret Noodin — Gimaazinibii’amoon (A Message to You).”