Not Our Distant Past, haiku by Robyn MacKinnon at

Not Our Distant Past

Not Our Distant Past

written by: Robyn MacKinnon



residential school

This isn’t our distant past

schools sites are crime scenes



Illustration description: A dark image, light seeming to emanate from the center. The sky is filled with charcoal grey cloud, and the middle ground is occupied by the gestural, disjointed shape of a symmetrical complex of buildings. The central of these, apparently the entranceway, has a steeple. The buildings and ground below seemed to be filled with the colour and texture of downward flowing blood. The foreground is filled with what looks like orange bundles of various sizes. A pale yellow spotlight falls on the bundles near the middle of the picture. As it does so, pale, translucent shapes, vaguely human, rise from the bundles and into the sky.

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