Artwork: “The Rising of Blue Thunderbird Woman” by Kristin Flattery.

Tell me,
did you dream in the womb
of a world perhaps unlike this?
Because you bring that 5-dimensional fire
you bring extraordinary explosions of passion
I’ve seen your eyes sparkle with love like the shining stars above
and sometimes they pierce through the souls of men like lightning bolts
I wish I was there for your birth
I imagine you approaching Earth like a wave:
you look small in the distance
yet your arrival proves to be powerful!
They say you’re just a drop in the water
well baby, your drop creates great ripples
And I have met many days
but darling, you are a century
Staging sit-ins on our minds
Occupying our hearts
You are LOVED
You are SACRED
The Creator took time with you!


Valeen Jules is a 20-year-old spoken word artist and workshop facilitator living in Victoria and currently studying at Vancouver Island University. She has ancestral roots from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw nations but has lived most of her life in Coast Salish territories. She dropped everything and joined the movement for decolonization at 18, and now writes and performs poetry everywhere from universities, to ceremonies to the frontlines. She released her first chapbook “ʔiihmisic” in June 2016.