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Peaceful protest poems by Bonnie Flach
 

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  • Broken Treaties ~ Land of promises, those promises scattered in wind that's what we have, & that was why we wept for it's not "The Promise Land" until promises are actually kept! bjf (c) - USA

    ~ Mississippi Delta Suffers ~ Wild wisteria over wooden fence posts climbing alongside a dirt road narrow & winding through fields of cotton deep into piney woods, amid drained swamps, where once cypress trees stood, now Look closer ~ across the fields for it is not good ~ Look closer ~ then you'll see the dismal shacks between the trees ~ Look closer ~ you'll see the down trodden people who suffer from poverty ~ Look closer ~ for we have only ourselves to blame ~ Look closer ~ Yes, I know it's hard to do, when our heads are bowed in shame ~ Look closer - repeat stanza #1 - bjf (c)

    ~ Take a Stand ~ Exist on earth, but live in good relation with it. When we walk remember we leave long shadows , therefore, walk gentle. When we see only with eyes, then we are blind to the heart. When we hear only with ears, then we are deaf to the soul. When we speak only with mouth, we've cut off our own hands. Go in peace are not mere words, but it means for those less fortunate and for those who suffer --- Without means of violence take a stand! ~ bonnie j. flach ©

    ~ First Step to Last (Gandhi, Mandela & King) ~ Freedom walk starts not at time of protest, but from birth until your head makes it's final rest ~ bjf (c)

    ~ Stronger Spirit ~ The tiny Tibetan fly innocently flew by snapped up by the huge Chinese frog's tongue & went down to the bowels the whole world cried "F O U L" when Tibet was overrun. When those small in number are oppressed. Who will stand up and shout? Who will heart it? Yet, Tibet's prayer flags still flap in the wind, for China will never break her --- Stronger Spirit! ~ bjf (c)

    Sing as the songbird ~ before he flies. Cry as the wolf into heavenly skies. Scream as the puma & take your stand. Shout for freedom when they take your land. Whisper for love for soon bells will ring. Hush for peace listen to the songbirds sing/ ~ bonnie jean flach~ copyrighted - all rights reserved. The removal of indigenous people from their homes and placed on reservations & forts, an example isthe "Trail of Tears" of the Cherokee nation, removed from their fertile coastal wooded homes in North Carolina & marched across country to Oklahoma.

    ~ Return one Day ~ If someone steals your land, they cannot wrap it up, they cannot package it, they cannot ship it off, by truck, train or plane, or sail it away, they can fence it with wire, wood or stone, but they cannot place an enormous roof over all of it. You can come to it, if you escape from the place they have taken you to for someone cannot really steal land, it is not theirs or really yours, it is everyone’s, it is no one’s, it is God’s, but since you are a child of God, because you are a part of everyone, because you will never be a no one, then the land is truly always part yours & while you can physically move land is fixed in place, only man betrays man, but land never betrays itself, it is loyal and waits for you to return to it one day ~ bjf (c)

    ~ So Sioux Me ~ Their native tongue outlawed, their religious ceremonies too, they were not allowed to be seen, so they were hidden in badlands amongst wind-hewn pinnacles or on top of plateaus in those black hills, where white man found gold, but if you just take a glance perhaps you will see Thunderhawk who still goes to the sweat lodge and performs the sacred Sun Dance ~ bjf (c) ~ Thunderhawk is a current member of the Lakota band of the Sioux tribe and he performs ancient rituals carrying on traditions.

    ~ Be not as Worms ~ (a call for action) While the heart beats, we are to take a stand for that which is right, for what is just. All of us will be the food of the worms one day. We must not be as worms while alive seeking only the next meal. While the heart beats we still have opportunity, to speak up for the oppressed, to ease the pain of those suffering, to bring company to the lonely to comfort those in great sadness or to simply say a prayer or keep in thoughts. While the heart beats, we are to take a stand, for that which is right. for what is just ~ bjf (c) - scroll down for more poetry

    ~ Those that put power above Love ~ "Why don't they pave this treacherous dirt road?" Rod said, as we slowly snaked down Viejas grade. "I think perhaps if they do, there's always that underlying fear of another thing that might be taken away and then subsequently given a ridiculous illogical reason as to why the indigenous people don't deserve this land, ironically the land they have always lived on." I replied. "I love it, as is, natural, raw, where the scrub jay rests on the yucca, lizards dart through the rust colored buckwheat, cottontails hide in the creosote bush, roadrunners rest in the sagebrush & red-shouldered hawks soar above. The thing is, it's not that they (the state) wants it, but they don't want the tribe to have it, because sadly there will always be those that put power above love." ~ bonnie j. flach (c) - scroll down for more poetry

    ~ Under the Plow ~ Celts in their homelands and the indigenous peoples of the Americas are very similar, for their conquerors said, "you will lose your language, culture and religion NOW! Today, in millions of unmarked graves we still find their bones under the plow ~ bonnie j. flach (c)

    ~ Chronicles ~ Imagine that just by one word (C O N Q U E R) from the one's (rulers) who held all the power resulted in actions that caused others final hour. What will happen in life (future) is a mystery, but those events are timelines, yes, chronicles in history. I wonder had queen Isabella not funded $ Columbus and I believe this is true, that he most likely would not have sailed the ocean blue and perhaps America would be (to name a few) the unconquered home of the Comanche, Apache, Cherokee and Sioux ---Imagine just by one word ~ bjf (c) ~ p.s. of course we now know that the Celts & Vikings discovered the new world, before Columbus. Probably inevitable (discovery) but that is another topic (pre-destination).
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