I woke up thinking about Rita Joe's poems. A poem came into my head overnight. I've never written a poem in my life. No criticism please. I'm no Rita Joe. It is part of the process. I'm going with it. "No holds barred," as Rita says.
Ode To Rita Joe
Someone said to me,
"So you are an Indian now."
"What about your white ancestors?"
Why do people say these things?
I have been singing their songs for 40 years.
They are satisfied.
My native ancestors are restless.
The Indian in me will have her say.
I am listening.