A poem for the insatiable

Xwelítem

“hungry to the point of starvation”


Rue the day the oppressor decided

 

With all his illegal privilege and power

Lifeless and depleted

To turn his hunger out

Left only with the choice to feast on the affections of the

Illuminated

  

But only because

He already consumed his Power

Overlooking the most sacred Source of all

 

No affections within himself from which to feed his family and his insatiable soul

 

He suffers alone and empty

Deafened by his impending death rattle

Calling sooner than expected 

For the Darkness to return Home

 

Image: Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate, a Second before Waking by Salvadore Dali, 1944

Dr Dara Kelly

Dara is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation and carries Sts'iales, Tahltan and Métis genealogy. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Business at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Peter B Gustavson School of Business and has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Commerce from The University of Auckland Business School (UABS). Dara’s doctoral research explores Coast Salish gathering economy of affection in BC, Canada. Her research focuses on Coast Salish Indigenous philosophy of economy, freedom, unfreedom, wealth and reciprocity. Dara is also an alumnus of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts at UBC where she completed her BA and is a researcher with the Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development at the UABS.

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