I am the offspring of an unwanted guest.
Wars were fought to keep my forefathers out.
It’s complicated, you relented
and we flourished at your expense.
But now like a displaced person
I apologetically search the ashes of our culture
for my identity.
An identity post pioneer stock,
treaty squabbles and Crown dominance.
An identity of forgiven history
and embracing cultures.
My ignorance and arrogance
have danced together for way too long.
It’s time for me to let go
and experience the insecurity
of unsung waters.