this is the hearts in the snow video, the song that sprang from the poem about our experience of stopping the cutting Machine at Beaver Pond Forest on 8 February. it is dedicated to the beautiful, brave, wonderful people who made that circle around the Machine possible. the first time it was sung in public was at the rally after the closing ceremony for the Sacred Fire. the Fire burned day and night from 9 to 13 February at Queen’s Park, Toronto, for the Forest. mid-song, two redtailed hawks soared overhead. i’m honoured and glad they chose to join us.
today Urbandale will finish cutting down the Forest we fought so hard to protect. this song is sad, but don’t despair, there are more songs to come, more battles to win, and our resistance is beautiful.