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"Guess We'll Have Bannock Instead" by Lance Guilbault


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Published September 1, 2022

Guess We'll Have Bannock Instead

by Lance Guilbault
(O'Hanly, Manitoba, Canada)

Another date gone bad
Thrown into the mediocrity
Of a life spent on spending
Time with he who chooses
To rifle through the bush chasing moose
Catch and release, catch and release

Snared a buffalo he tells her
As she sits in her plaid cloth
Lazy boy unlike her man
Who would rather fish
For the pickerel or perch, catfish or jack
Hooked line and sinker
Catch and release, catch and release

Coffee filled thermos
Filling himself with warmth
But not her as the shotgun
Clicks and pops and another bush chicken
Whup whup whups
From its branch
Catch and release, catch and release

Passing the droppings
Of raisinettes dotting the path
As the trail opens up
For the hippity hopping
Jack rabbit swing dancing in full noose
Catch and release, catch and release

She never knew she married a...

Lance Guilbault is a poet, short story writer, and Indigenous storyteller. He will tell you how important it is to retain the stories of our people. For every part of being Anishinaabe and Nehiyona, there is a story to answer the question of who it is that we are and where it is that we come from. His Kokum taught him knowledge is power. He'll tell you that through finding these stories, this is the power of finding who it is that you are. Lance Guilbault is a Treaty 5 status member of Fisher River Cree Nation (mother) and also from Roseau River Anishinaabe Nation (father).

This poem is included in Poetry World #4, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

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