Pauline Johnson was a poet,
Just like me, Roxane Perron.
I am from Dieppe,
And she, from a reserve named Six Nations.
Her father was a Mohawk chief,
Her mother an Englishwoman.
Whether you call her Pauline or Tekahionwake,
Both names convey her ancestry.
Throughout the nation,
Her poems are read.
They are classics,
Shedding light on her world.
Through her literature,
She did a great deal for our culture,
Celebrating the First Nations people,
But many other cultures, too.
She performed on theatre stages,
And gave lectures in many places.
In so doing, she was able to travel
A mari usque ad mare.
In 1913, she passed,
But for 51 years her freedom did last!
Her works continue to resonate;
They were left for us to appreciate.
Pauline was Aboroginal,
And I am Acadian.
We must remember that,
We are proud to be Canadians.