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Spirits Rise ... cowritten w/Mark Bohannan...8000th

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Janet Marie
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0 posted 04-05-2001 05:55 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Janet Marie

~Spirits Rise~

She walks the frozen forest in silent whispers
her nor her gray ghost companion create sound
White birches silhouette against feathery frosted pines
at the shimmering iced river's edge ... safe passage is found
Ancestral voices grant her vision and direction
the past leads her here to worship upon sacred ground
Birthright into royalty ... a princess born of wisdom
by culture, custom, and creed ... she is eternally bound

Ebony cascades flowing in adorned heritage
every bead woven to speak her peoples tale
Braids of honor worn in her pledge to life
with the belief that her breed will prevail
Tradition ebbs in breath of winter breeze
covering her stands in a snowflake veil
Wisps of purity dance in tribal pride
as lyrics ride the wind of sorrows wail

Draped with the raw edge of buckskin
lined in softness from the doe's breast
Sculpted close to her sun bronzed body
with laced pattern embracing her chest
Blazed within a trail of carved turquoise
bestowed upon her in a nation's unrest
Proudly she wears a medallion of spirits
blessed from the tears of Heaven's crest

Onyx pearls beckon from behind lashes of sable
eyes search the snow crystaled horizon for a sign
The ancients and kindred set her spirit in motion
this ceremony of legacy and legend will define
A ritual of inheritance handed down by elders wise
infinity unfurls as emerald moon and jade stars align
An apparition rising into night's indigo liquid satin  
thru rite of passage she is born into destiny's design


She has witnessed the passing of her people
eyes of realize have bled rivers along the trail of tears
The loss of humanity, heritage and honor etched eternal
shame and sorrow our burden engraved in unforgiving years
A history of ignorance written by bloodstained hands of man
raped, pillaged, and murdered then called themselves pioneers
In the absence of conscious  ... in the absence of humane
we reduced a proud race to tourist attractions and souvenirs

Janet Marie
Mark Christopher

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~The Spirit Trail~
Dan Fogelberg

Let every creature I see
Be a brother and friend to me
Let every step that I take
leave the footprints of a warrior ... along the spirit trail

Ive seen them come
Ive seen them go
they took the land
they took control
They robbed my father of his very soul

I was born a native son
and I'll never be another one
Someday I will give it all away
to walk the spirit trail.

~Ever On~
A Traveling Prayer
by: Dan Fogelberg

May the trail rise up to meet you
May your heart rejoice in song
May the skies be fair above you
as you journey ever on.

Ever on ... ever on

And in this planetary circle
we are but a single stone
spinning on our fragile axis
Through the endless night alone

Ever on ... ever on

May your love be there to guide us
May it always keep us strong
May we walk within your footsteps
as you lead us ever on.

Ever on ... ever on.

** both songs from the CD:
The Wild Places

"Teach your children what we have taught our children ...
The Earth is our mother...
What ever befalls the earth ...befalls the sons of the earth.
This we know.
The Earth does not belong to man ... man belongs to the Earth"
~Chief Seattle~

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Inspired by my personal admiration
for these special people, my collection of Maija prints,
and by my fellow poets here who write of their own
passion and respect for the Native Amercian people...
who were here first and who we owe so much
for the lessons learned from them ... and the wrongs done to them.
Margie you have inspired many of us with your tributes to your heritage.

A very special thank you to Mark for writing with me again,
thank you for the lessons in writing with imagery.
I know you share the same passion, respect and awe
for these gentle people.
Your poetry and presence here are surely missed.
Dont ever doubt it cowboy.


Maija prints courtesy of Kemper Galleries

[This message has been edited by Janet Marie (edited 04-05-2001).]

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2 posted 04-05-2001 06:04 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Janet~ the beauty of your words overwhelm me.....and that you did this with Mark makes it even more special.....just love I do all of yours.....( you knew that though)    Congratulations on such a huge milestone!! Hugs, SEA
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3 posted 04-05-2001 06:26 PM       View Profile for inot2B   Email inot2B   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for inot2B

I can't find the words that would explain how this has touched my heart.
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4 posted 04-05-2001 06:35 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Janet and Mark--Grand in theme and beautiful in spirit..your words blend perfectly together in this awesome poem.  Congratulations Janet...your poetry and replies continue to uplift me...thank you for that.
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5 posted 04-05-2001 06:40 PM       View Profile for Honeybee   Email Honeybee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Honeybee

Janet and Mark~

Wow - Simply amazing, I am in awe of such a masterpiece, Marge will be leaping for joy with tears when she reads this gem! Into my library this goes.  Uproarous applause for both of you~

~*Congratulations Janet for your 8000th!*~  

Take care,

[This message has been edited by Melissa Honeybee (edited 04-05-2001).]

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6 posted 04-05-2001 06:48 PM       View Profile for banburycross   Email banburycross   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for banburycross

I have no words that would do justice to a piece that is so beautiful...

Sometimes, the things that go unsaid are the only things worth hearing.

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7 posted 04-05-2001 06:52 PM       View Profile for Butterflies_dont_cry   Email Butterflies_dont_cry   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Butterflies_dont_cry

I honestly don't think that either of you
knows how to do anything half way...this is
so beautiful and awesome...

JM my sweet SS...your poetry has always
touched me in places that I try so hard to
hide...that's where your quiet comfort came
to be my saving grace many many times...I
love you sweetie and there is not another
near or far that knows me so well...thank
God for poetry and thank God for sending the
angels that are so very well disquised
as.....butterflies.  Congrats on 8000 sweets!

Mark...this is beautiful..I know JM wanted
to mark her 8000th with something special
and wanted to weave with the imagery you
seem to be a master shine in this
my friend.

My love and hugs to you both~
Seymour Tabin
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8 posted 04-05-2001 07:50 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

JM & Mark,
You compliment each other. A wonderful piece of writing that will take many readings. Sy
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9 posted 04-05-2001 08:29 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

JanetMarie~ and Mark~
It is the way of Spirits touching
that two should walk in the moccasin prints of ONE ...
You both are now in the keep of Spirits Walking~

How I treasure this piece that has been gifted to us all.
How very, very special ... how very, very special~

Your print collections are an added bonus to this lovely piece.
Special accolades for your thoughtful kindness to everyone here, sweet Spirit Sister ...
Congratulations on marking this 8000th milestone with this beauty.

Heart of me - resides in you~
You have looked Unto These Hills and seen the soul of my people.
Blessings to you both from this little Cherokee heart.

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

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10 posted 04-05-2001 08:51 PM       View Profile for Marina   Email Marina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marina

This is truly remarkable.  You two have come up with an amazing way to mark JM's 8000th post.   As if THAT weren't enough.  You guys as a combination are unbeatable!!!  



It is a blessing to have wings for words, and passion in pen
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11 posted 04-05-2001 09:59 PM       View Profile for Rosebud1229   Email Rosebud1229   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rosebud1229

Spirts Rise, so beautiful job here, congrats on 8000 JM, This is so creative in everyway,. very heartfelt, fantastic poem from you both, I applaud you JM and Mark
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a beautiful presentation from both you and Mark, congratulations!!!

Kathleen Blake

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and the sun drips honey."
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Absolutely incredible, you two......I loved this verse

"Ebony cascades flowing in adorned heritage
every bead woven to speak her peoples tale
Braids of honor worn in her pledge to life
with the belief that her breed will prevail
Tradition ebbs in breath of winter breeze
covering her stands in a snowflake veil
Wisps of purity dance in tribal pride
as lyrics ride the wind of sorrows wail" and the last one was utterly have blown me away.  I have some Native American ancestry and this hit me many people killed, their lives controlled by the government, their freedom sacrificed as invaders overpowered them.  Outstanding poetry, Mark and JM.  And I loved the addition of the Maija prints, we have a bunch at my house and I love them.   Peace and much love to you both.

*Krista Knutson*

"We can all become what we aspire to be
If Heaven's here on Earth..." ~Tracy Chapman

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This is truly incredible.....I am awestruck without words, this is such an amazing success for you both.  How proud we are of you both.     

On the wings of words our spirits fly....and our souls are free.

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15 posted 04-05-2001 10:48 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I am scratching at the cocoon NOW...fabulous lovie...absolutely! (And yes, I am late...but hey--I live in N.O.--you'd understand after two days. This town makes you appreciate exhaustion.  

congrats to you and my absent angelheart...
Hugs m'twin!
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16 posted 04-05-2001 11:51 PM       View Profile for Mother_Earth   Email Mother_Earth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mother_Earth

JM, what a way to celebrate 8000! Mark, you are a great helper! As I have said before, 2 grandkids have Indian blood and their father will not take the time to find out their special and rightful place.  I can hear, feel, smell, taste the very air around this "painting".  I have been ashamed many times for what the whites have done to the Indian people.  Maybe with your words, it can make us heal some what.  You both have given us a wonderful gift.  Thank you,  ME
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17 posted 04-06-2001 12:04 AM       View Profile for Nate Dogg   Email Nate Dogg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nate Dogg's Home Page   View IP for Nate Dogg

Wow, what a spectacular team you and Mark are....y'll two mesh so well that, I can't tell who wrote what.....I loved the's very heartfelt and the pictures are beautiful as they perfectly fit with the words....excellent presentation and kudos to you and Mark!!!


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18 posted 04-06-2001 12:19 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I'm not sure the words exist that would do this work are both fantastic and this one is a total admiration to you both,,,,,
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19 posted 04-06-2001 02:48 AM       View Profile for CocoBaci   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CocoBaci

Janet, this leaves me awestruck sweetie...
A class act of a duet what more can one say...
Beautiful expression and presentation...
My sincere compliments to you both for this exceptional write...
CONGRATULATIONS on   8000th post
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20 posted 04-06-2001 03:35 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

I am in complete awe, groping for words to express exactly how great it feels to read this...

I admire you both, Janet and Mark, for such a wonderful composition ...

Thanks for being you and sharing you and your beautiful thoughts with all of us...

And... many congratulations to you O Brilliant Janet on the 8

Many regards,
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*wow* ~~~~~~~this is outstanding work~~~~~`loved it very very much and it will be saved in my library.

((warm hugs))
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22 posted 04-06-2001 05:55 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

A fabulous poem so pleasurable and touching to read...James
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23 posted 04-06-2001 07:15 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Congratulations on 8,000 JM!

What an incredible poem to mark this milestone with. You and Mark have captured such amazing imagery within these words ... an exceptional piece, that compliments these beautiful pictures in stunning detail. A wonderful collaboration!!!  More, more, more ... (please?)  

Excellent writing to you both! Best wishes,
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24 posted 04-06-2001 09:58 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Even rules formulated with the very best of intentions must sometimes be broken. *S* And the simple fact of the matter is... I know I'll be visiting this poem again and again. *S* So I'm not even going to feel guilty about making an exception to my read from the back policy... especially not since I've been itching to reply ever since I first read this beauty in the wee hours of the morning and the werk monster is waiting to drag me away for who knows how long! *G*

You chose the perfect title... spirits rise as your beautiful words are read... and then tears fall through the epilogue. The last two lines are penned from such caring hearts... and should be engraved on every heart... for to remember shame at injustice is to refuse repetition.

Perfect rhyme, flawless rhythm, incredible heart and beautiful graphics... the two of you have created a masterpiece! *S* To echo some of the other replies... however much praise I might have for this poem, I can't find words to do it justice!

Now, Janet Marie... if it takes major number milestones for you to get that cowboy poet posting, wouldja please just post your lil heart out? Don't eat, don't drink, and for heavens sake, don't leave the computer! LOL. For he is so much missed! *G*

And cowboy... I know work is keeping you away... but this beauty is just a reminder of how much poorer we are without your regular input. I sure hope you find a way to rope and hogtie that werk monster soon... for as much as we appreciate JM being your reader and typist, WE NEED YOU BACK! *G*
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