GrassRoots Jrl Poetry

Poets of the Earth

By Anne Goeke

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--above graphic made by Shirl A. Steward

 

NATIONAL GATHERING 1993 (as inspired by the Earth Spirituality Gathering)

In the circle of spirits in the sun, Sunday morning . . .

A HOT BLAZING SUN

A FIELD OF . . . DREAMS

SURROUNDED BY trees . . . trees . . . trees . . . trees.

A BURNT mound towards the center

Remants of a T I M E

BEFORE.

We gather R O U N D

Hands joining, hands joining,

hands joining, hands joining,

As the circle forms.

E X P A N D I N G to its F U L L E S T

AS THE LAST ONE . . . . . . . . JOINS

Our voices (voices) (voices) (voices)

become like eternal whispers .. . in the wind.

WE BEGIN OUR DEDICATION:

A voice of recognition says

WE ARE ALL HERE TOGETHER

another voice speaks of sadness

calling, calling, calling to MOTHER EARTH

and to her pains

in native tongue, a chant to guide us,

of OLD WAYS from the bones of the ones

that are buried beneath us,

Words of passion surround us,

as we sense the interconnectedness.

A story about Motherly love is told.

Earth waves flow through

the chants of Hawaiian ways.

Sayings are passed through our lips,

Prayers are said quietly inside,

We all sing a song to raise our spirits,

Wihle tears and sweat mix upon our faces.

Children in the center blacken themselves

with the ashes of the past as

they are our reminds of the future.

Heat within, heat without, as we all glow

One faints . .. another sings alone

courage and strength are given,

so we may go . . .

go beyond our limitations.

I cry

I rejoice

Greens . . . envisioning the green . . . future

Believing,

Trusting,

and joining . . .

in a circle of earth celebration. 

 

By Anne Goeke (a Green woman)

(as published in GrassRoots Jrl Fall 93 with text art and earth graphic added)

 by Anne Goeke., copyright 1993

 

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