Colour of today by Salimah Valiani

Poem name: Colour of Today Poet name: Salimah Valiani Poem begins: Turtle Island town gone in three days of 50º C   greys	browns carved	   living totems      tombstones     long houses     bark Lytton    Nlaka’pamux    Oregon Jack Creek First Nations to live there     last for exit help   dandelion	 black     unbroken clear cutting Mountain of gold     ground planted in flat steel slats   yellow with mottled edges C.I.9 Certificates      greens	  red and white armed help in blaze       Fraser River jade scarcifying salmon Joss House honouring Quan Yin  Shen Nong the multiplex faceless   the colour of today is wildfires the colour of yesterday sacred burns   1600 artefacts    1350 archives Shxwhá:y Village Long House open to evacuees supplies   song   dance    tangles of  tree ash    memory    love  with and without these     we will rebegin End of poem. Credits and bio: Copyright © Salimah Valiani Salimah Valiani is a poet, activist and researcher. She has published five poetry collections: breathing for breadth (TSAR), Letter Out: Letter In (Inanna), land of the sky (Inanna), Cradles (Daraja), 29 leads to love (Inanna). Her story-poem, Dear South Africa, was selected as one of six works in Praxis Magazine’s 2019-2020 Online Chapbook Series. Her audiobook, Love Pandemic, is forthcoming from Daraja Press. She lives in many places and crosses borders on a regular basis. Check out her work at