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When Spirits Whisper My Name

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suthern
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0 posted 01-09-2002 12:36 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for suthern


~When Spirits Whisper My Name~


I have often wondered
As I held in my hand
Artifacts from Choctaw
Who once walked my land -
Did I inherit
Through blood or theft?
I love my hills
But was someone bereft?
Cherokee blood flows through my vein
Before my Dad's purchase
Did anyone deign to buy the land
Where I'd eventually live?
Was it taken by force
Or did someone actually give
The owners full value?
These thoughts fill my mind
Though others would choose
To leave the past behind...
I can't help but wonder
When spirits whisper my name
If my presence brings pride?
They know they have claimed
My heart and ignited
A burning desire
To feel the breath of justice
Fuel the keeper's fire.


Photo Credit - Jerome Tiger
The Trail Of Tears

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Irish Rose
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1 posted 01-09-2002 12:49 PM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

Beautiful.....just beautiful.

Kathleen--
Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul.
Only kindness can do that. ~Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire~

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2 posted 01-09-2002 01:04 PM       View Profile for Logan   Email Logan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Logan

Ahhh, suthern. Now, what I think, is that the spirits brought you to that land as you inherit the wind...I loved this write...very gentle smile
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There is too much beauty and heartfelt emotion here to critique anything!  *smiles*  Well penned!

-heather

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4 posted 01-09-2002 02:54 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

These thoughts fill my mind
                      Though others would choose
                       To leave the past behind...
                        I can't help but wonder
                     When spirits whisper my name
                     If my presence brings pride?
                     They know they have claimed
                         My heart and ignited
                            A burning desire
                     To feel the breath of justice
                        Fuel the keeper's fire.
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the fact that you wonder and ponder these things at all shows the respectful intent and compassion you have for these people of pride...and that dear poetess is why when they whisper your name you can feel them in the breeze....
very cool poem Ruth girlie...very cool indeed..wisdom wrapped in rhyme divine.
so good to read today and see you romping in the forums
where did ya shove the werk monster ... in a filing cabinet   *evil grin*

I ask why you come here, you say just because
Could I live without it if I knew what it was
But it really dont matter when you look at me that way.

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5 posted 01-09-2002 03:01 PM       View Profile for Lady In White   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lady In White

quote:

They know they have claimed
My heart and ignited
A burning desire
To feel the breath of justice
Fuel the keeper's fire.

Just....keep....writing....


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(sigh) Soooooooo beautifully heartfelt, sweet friend, the spirit of the Cherokee and passion will always shine in you, we all love you so so much! (kiss on cheek) I love it, sweet friend, may all our spirits forever kiss the light of the heavens with joy! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Suthern, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton
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man that was good suthern thanks
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8 posted 01-09-2002 05:52 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Wow....it's a treat to read you Ruth. This is well done!
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9 posted 01-09-2002 06:42 PM       View Profile for Ivy Rose   Email Ivy Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ivy Rose

I love the Native American flavor of this poem. I hear the whispers of the spirits and the voice of the wind that echoes that of the Great Spirit. This poem reminded me of all of that and more. I LOVED IT!!!!

****Ivy Rose
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10 posted 01-09-2002 06:45 PM       View Profile for strbbux   Email strbbux   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for strbbux

Very moving poem. I have other friends who are native americans, and they would love this. floria
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11 posted 01-09-2002 06:51 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Suthern,
The wind has been blowing generations, I'm glad you heard it. Lovely write. Sy
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WONDERFUL write....simply,....WONDERFUL !!

~* A dream is a wish your heart makes... *~

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suthern - loved this write. YOu do hold the spirits inside, and they are well...

BC
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14 posted 01-09-2002 07:46 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

"I can't help but wonder
When spirits whisper my name
If my presence brings pride?"

Wonderful pondering in this piece Suthern!  I often think of the the past, the land ... titles passed down from person to person, rightfully in some cases, but I've seen cases of trickery in others. In my business I deal with mineral rights (like oil, gas, coal), surface rights, and all sorts of ownership and heirs issues. I am constantly amazed at how people have divided up the land for what what goes back for generations. So many don't even realize that they may only own the surface property, and not what actually lies below the surface. Many times people are surprised to find out that "Grampa" sold off the coal rights, or the oil and gas rights a long time ago.  It's pretty fascinating to go through the registry office and see the deeds. Some of the history is really interesting, especially when you go back to the incredible handwritten records from so many years ago. Sheesh, I'm rambling, lol ... thanks for the thought-filled read Suthern ... you got my mind going.  

Best wishes,
/Kit

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Your presence will always bring pride, suthern girl. The past is what the past is....we move on and try to be sure that when our future generations look back on us, they will do so with pride
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Oh yes this was written with some thought and understanding...James
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Dear Poets - I'm overwhelmed and humbled by your kind and generous responses... and thank you very much!!  I grew up finding arrowheads and my finds were treasured immensely... but it was only as an adult that I started wondering about the previous occupants of the land I call home. My Dad's farm lies within the hunting ranges of the Jena Choctaw, but they came dangerously close to losing their very identity and have few records. And land title searches trace back only to the Louisiana Purchase... so I can only speculate, wonder... and listen. *S*

But even if the thoughts were tumbling around somewhere in my brain, this poem wouldn't exist without Marge Tindal. I read her incredible poem "Before the Tears" http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum53/HTML/000610.html and started typing a response... this poem was the result. *S* But she didn't just inspire it... she titled it and formatted it and enhanced it with an incredible picture... and then even posted it for me! *S* I can't thank her enough, but I can send her my sincere appreciation and abundant love... and I do. *S*

Many, many thanks to each of you for taking the time to read and respond... I fight the werk monster's clutches fiercely enough to know that time is a precious and limited commodity. *S* Believe me, your words have touched me deeply and are greatly appreciated. *S*

[This message has been edited by suthern (01-10-2002 09:53 AM).]

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I think this is a poem you should be proud of.
Sandra
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SweetSuthernGal~
When the spirits move within you ...
they do so with the words of the ancients~

This is a wonderful work of the heart~
You just know that I felt it should be shared with all~
Thank you for letting me 'scramble this EGG'~
I love you~
~*Marge*~

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i guess you cant asses the future if youre living in the past, but i must say that it is ok to dwell in it for a while.. besides its what we learn from
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21 posted 01-10-2002 11:58 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Belle - A terrific poem, with a really tricky format.  I enjoyed it very much.  As for having the poem posted for you, I can do that for you, too.  Just send me your password and I'll post everything you want. heh, the lil Belle will fall for this and then there'll be TWO kitty kickers in here!
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Ruth--You are a poet!  This is fine, in it's depth of thought and form of words, a wonderful write!
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ok, if anyone can bring me back around its you lady....and yep when the spirits whisper your name, they do so with pride
wonderful poem lady....good to see you posting again...even if marge helped you do so
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Awesome !!!!! Chris

Life is not measured by breaths you take, but by moments that take your breath away.

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