By: Tenille K. Campbell

Illustration by Mia Ohki 
#962

your skin

smells of smoked salmon

tasting of tradition

culture

and land

you make me

gush

like rivers wild

I want you to explore

me

I want you to taste me

ride my river

feast from me

discover how I taste

like ceremony

#969

your fingers lace in mine

as you tell me about the hunting trips

shooting a moose

the ache in your shoulders

as you carve and carry flesh

from muskeg to campfire

to home to the cardboard-laden

kitchen floors of grandma’s and mama’s

aunts and cousins

sharp knives

glistening under weather beaten hands

as they finish

what you started

 

you lift my hand up

kiss my open palm

I tingle

wondering if you know

what kind of hunting

I’m doing right now

#969

your fingers lace in mine

as you tell me about the hunting trips

shooting a moose

the ache in your shoulders

as you carve and carry flesh

from muskeg to campfire

to home to the cardboard-laden

kitchen floors of grandma’s and mama’s

aunts and cousins

sharp knives

glistening under weather beaten hands

as they finish

what you started

 

you lift my hand up

kiss my open palm

I tingle

wondering if you know

what kind of hunting

I’m doing right now

 

 

 

 

 

Tenille K Campbell

Tenille K Campbell

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis poet and photographer from English River First Nation, located in Northern Saskatchewan. Author of #IndianLovePoems, she is a firm believer is positive sexuality, sipping tea with her aunties and cousins, and is currently learning naughty words in many Indigenous languages – because decolonized love, ya’ll.

Mia Ohki

Mia Ohki

Mia Ohki is a Metis Japanese-Canadian artist, born in Connecticut, USA, and raised in Alberta, Canada. She presently lives and works between Edmonton and Calgary, AB. Mia primarily illustrates with black pen on white paper to convey ideas surrounding the social, feminine and cultural influences in her life, however her art is mostly influenced by her background, with Japanese and Metis culture frequently appearing in the subject matter.