The stone carver by Ilona Martonfi

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In honour of trees
leave a blank page

at the site on behalf of Inuit.
This is for you
aligning holes between rocks
in likeness of a person
its extended arms

a flock of ravens
leave Inukshuk stone carving

almond­shaped openings
in honour of Cpl. Cirillo
sacred katajjaq --
throat singing
other side of the hill
ominously reply
issue ultimatums
as parliament returns
day after shooting
direction markers
constructed as memorial

a soldier's final journey
along Highway of Heroes:
keep people silent
still frame taken from video
hearse procession.
That dividing line,
humbleness to that man
burden only he can carry
cross-shaped cairn

keeps vigil over the land
not the caw of a seagull
I heard no sound.

(Nunatsiaq News: Staff with Inuit, Tapiriit Kanatami, laid a card and an Inukshuk carving at the granite cenotaph National War Memorial in Ottawa in honour of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed there October 22 2014).

Photo courtesy of ITK.

Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle Press, 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules Press, 2012). The Snow Kimono, (Inanna Publications, 2015).

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