Monday, April 22, 2013

The People


They danced with the Spirit in the temple of earth.
Their dance was the prayer of nature’s rebirth.
Communing with creatures, sharing one space,
brother and sister each had their place.
Then they were forced to leave their lands,
and left with open, empty hands
begging for what the Spirit gave,
clinging to earth they fought to save.


~McGuffy Ann Morris~


In honour of Earth Day 
& those who honour Earth

42 comments:

  1. Truly awesome ... I love this one. I love the poetry and I love the message. We should remember how we broke the Earth's stewards leaving them to struggle and leaving the earth's magic to slowly decline. Hear, Hear, McGuffy Ann ...

    Andrea

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  2. It's a wintry earth day for me today, with another snow storm to arrive this afternoon. So very odd mother nature this year, in so many places. Snow is more of a gift then flooding I guess, but... hmm! Google did manage to celebrate Earth day with a fun working offering, you should check it out.

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  3. Oh this is lovely!!!! Very sad, poignant! Happy Earth Day!! Take care
    x

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  4. Oh, I do like this, well done. Happy Earth Day...Though I think we need to regard every day as Earth Day--because it is, really.

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  5. Beautiful poem. Happy Earth Day.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  6. wonderful. and a sad part of our history.

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  7. Cool piece o' poetry!
    Happy Earth Day to you.

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  8. lovely words.

    in the pursuit of profits, the Earth is left pretty much messed up. :(

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  9. I have always been told, Take care of the land and it will take care of you.

    Sad tale but well done.

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  10. I must be out of touch, I thought this was about the betrayal of the American Indians.

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  11. A most excellent poem for Earth Day.

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  12. Very well said.

    Have a terrific Earth Day. :)

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  13. Thank you for the poetic wake up call. The tide of extinction does seem bare of wisdom.
    ZQ

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  14. Happy Earth Day! Really enjoyed this poem, so sad the legacy of extinction man has left behind.

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  15. I love the poem and the image :)

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  16. Your poem and the image ~ amazing

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  17. so beautiful Ann... thank you for this!

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  18. Thank you for the lovely share ~ May we all share and enjoy the gifts of the earth ~

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  19. Very nice...I like the compact history/story telling, great use of rhyme as well. Well done piece!

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  20. I "felt" your words in my soul. Lovely and so, so poignant!

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  21. Excellent tribute for earth day, those opening lines are fierce!

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  22. !!! HAPPY EARTH DAY, Ms. MAC !!!

    This one hits hard where it hurts.
    Excuse? It was our ancestors that did it to their ancestors.
    Can it be rectified? Try treating every day as Earth Day.
    ..

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  23. wonderful tribute to a very important day.

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  24. A very nice poem and so appropriate for Earth Day. Janet

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  25. Magical and lyrical, I can feel the dance,,,

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  26. What an amazing tribute to those who respected the Earth the most. This blesses my Cherokee heritage.

    Beautiful.

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  27. I love your poem, especially your opening line. Happy Earth Day!

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  28. Indians were always fighting other tribes. Not every Indian was peaceful and some had horrible tribal cultures - awful to women, cruel to other Indian tribes. And if it hadn't been us, it would have been someone else. But, I do wish we had been able to uphold and honor treaties, respect others who were different from ourselves.

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  29. McGuffy, a true tribute to indigenous peoples the world over. Honoring the earth instead of raping it, a noble way of life. Euro-centric peoples, so far removed from Mother Africa, seem to have gotten cranky and greedy with the colder climes and decided to make the earth and its peaceful inhabitants pay.

    And I'm embarrassed to admit, I'm a Mayflower descendant. But I know whereof I speak, too... Excellent Earth Day commentary, and I loved, loved the graphic as well. Peace, Amy

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  30. Sad reflection on our world today, unfortunately. The earth is disappearing fast and we're all paying the price for it.

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  31. there is an incantatory tone in the poem which is quite awesome.

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  32. This is very moving. I love the symbolism of the kokopele (sp).

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  33. Love the image, the poem, and the rhymes. Well done! :)

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  34. You have infused your poem with a distinctive rhythm, as I read, I could hear the chanting undertones.

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  35. Excellent tribute to Earth Day!

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  36. Thanks for inspiring us - hope you have a beautiful week!
    Hope to see you again at Inspire Me Monday!

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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