Elegy for Paradise

Sweet water ripples

falls fruit ripe

lovely breath

lush was paradise

until

anchors dropped

sailoirs landfall

 legacy:

color flows out of the world

what words for this loss

life flows out of the earth

tiniest to largest creature vanishing

words cannot serve this loss

sky closes saturated with human waste

homo sapiens self harms

collateral damage in excess

all life flows out of the earth

words fail

waters cries

~~~

 

In the sixties,

In a Catholic school,

Thou Shall Not Ask:

“Where are all the Indian People?”

Answer:

Time out,

On your knees in the corner,

Another pink slip home.

In 2016,

“Where are all the Indigenous People?

Answer:

At Standing Rock defending the Water, Earth and Sky.

NoDAPL

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. October 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Well, I came to comment appreciatively on your lovely poem and express my amazement that schools punished children for questioning the whereabouts/existence of Indians. I sure didn’t expect that video on so-totally-revered Christopher Columbus. I am utterly reviled, needless to say, and deeply saddened at the loss of an entire culture almost entirely at one person’s hand. I am really just stunned.
    Hi. 🙂

    • October 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      “Stunned”–well, that says a great deal. Thank you for taking the time for the unpleasant history lesson. The first time I learned of the sexual traffic in young girls I too was “stunned”.
      As for school punishment–this is from my personal experience in a Catholic grade school. I can’t say it was standard operating procedure across the board.
      I know you’re very busy so I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blogcasa.

  2. October 24, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    My pleasure. You are really keeping up with to NoDaPL and doing a great job; I can stop by and see what’s going on from time to time, but unfortunately am not able to really keep up with you. I’m always glad that people like yourself bring these important issues to others’ attention. I’m always happy to learn more, so for that, thank you.

    • November 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Your kind words are much appreciated.
      I think I missed my calling for investigative reporting. LOL.
      #NoDAPL is connected with the Standing Rock Lakota –and considering my long term research/writing efforts makes it impossible to not ‘follow’.
      Take care and enjoy all your local trees.

  3. lgambill said,

    December 10, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Ah! Eva, Elegy for Paradise! Good writing my friend. Thank you.

  4. December 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Ahh Larry, thanks for visiting my blogcasa for a poetry reading. Thank you for your kind words. Much appreciated my friend. 🙂


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