Aanakwadoon / Wind Water
Waabmiimii ge ogijise waasechiganaatigong bizhibaamiigwanetaad mikwam-inaanzoyan bikwagondang miinikaanensan oshkaabewisiwiyan mii miinawaa gikendaman ezhi-epogwag aanakwadoon. Rock dove as you land on the windowsill a splash of feathers the color of ice a throat full of seeds bearer-of-messages you know the taste of water in the wind.
Recording of Aanakwadoon / Wind Water by Margaret O’Donnell Noodin
Margaret O’Donnell Noodin is Professor of English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature, Weweni and What the Chickadee Knows which are both bilingual collections of poetry in Anishinaabemowin and English. To hear her work, visit www.ojibwe.net.
Artwork by Christopher Schmidt