Islands

2018 Islands

English and Sharpεn

Tom Sharp


Isolz

  • (ba Tam Sharp, frɘm First Nations)
  • Atu, Agatu,
  • Kiska, Amchitka, Tanaga, Kanaga,
  • Adak, Kagalaska, Atka, Amlya, Amukta, Yunaska,
  • Umnak, Unalaska, Akutan, Unymak, Unga.
  • (Ber εsd ɘn Unga fadɘr madɘro meo.)
  • Ovɘr isolz re-dozyre ovɘr mytɘr-dozymyz re-dozyme,
  • “namuno, wind-swypynis, kludlois, e montfyris,”
  • bu intɘr da ghesanis most
  • e lokos bεlis most.
  • *
  • Lyfyn ɘn isolz,
  • smal ro big,
  • flot εsεnt ovɘr mεrz.
  • Luk ɘp; luk dɘ.
  • Tond in da sky,
  • tond on da hean.
  • Stand inɘr mez,
  • in a loko ɘn a hil
  • covɘrfron εsdεnt frɘm da wind.
  • *
  • Ba, al ghunt.
  • Nydyn lεvɘp εsakt mez
  • hεlp εsakt le mordo lenop.
  • Nydyn lεvɘp εsakt
  • mez εs bits flot εsεnt in limitnoshɘn leno.

Islands

  • (by Tom Sharp, from First Nations)
  • Attu, Agattu,
  • Kiska, Amchitka, Tanaga, Kanaga,
  • Adak, Kagalaska, Atka, Amlia, Amukta, Yunaska,
  • Umnak, Unalaska, Akutan, Unimak, Unga.
  • (My mother’s father was born on Unga.)
  • Over 200 islands over 2000 kilometers,
  • “treeless, windswept, foggy, and volcanic,”
  • yet among the richest
  • and most beautiful places.
  • *
  • We live on islands,
  • small or big,
  • floating over oceans.
  • Look up; look down.
  • Thunder in the sky,
  • thunder on the shore.
  • We stand between,
  • in a place on a hill
  • protected from the wind.
  • *
  • Near, all together.
  • No one needs to teach us
  • to help one another.
  • No one needs to teach
  • we are specks floating in infinity.