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Ni-miskwiiw shigwa ni-wiisagendam bagidanaamowaan . . .	
Gaawiin ninisidotanzii, gaawiiin ninisidotanzii			
Wiihi'ishin bangii eta						
Gego zegiziken aki ningokwan					
Bijiinaago, dibikong, noongom igo shigwa awasi-waabang

Ni-miskwiiw shigwa ni-wiisagendam bagidanaamowaan . . .
Ashebizon, daga gibichiin shigwa wiindamawishin aaniindi ezhaayan?
Gi-ga -wiijiiwin daabida shigwa awasi-waabang
Zebaa ginibo bimaadis apii kamawin anaming binesiikaa

Ni-miskwiiw shigwa ni-wiisagendam bagidanaamowaan . . .
Bidoon ninjii daga shigwa bizhishig gi- zaagi'in
Noongom igo shigwa awasi-waabang!

(Here's the translation from Saulteaux)

 All the days after tomorrow 

I am bleeding and it hurts to breathe
I do not understand, I do not understand
Help me just a little bit
To not be afraid of the overcast world
Yesterday, last night today and the days after tomorrow

I am bleeding and it hurts to breathe
Back up, please stop and tell me where you are going?
I'll go with you, always and the days after tomorrow
This morning I died when you cried under the thunderstorm 

I am bleeding and it hurts to breathe
Give me your hand and I'll always love you
Today and all the days after tomorrow!
All the days after tomorrow!!

Copyright © Neal Shannacappo | Year Posted 2015


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  1. Date: 2/13/2016 11:12:00 PM

    neal, Enjoyed the way you expressed every line. Please keep writing and sharing your poetry. LOVE LINDA