Joy … in ancestral memory

Madonna of the Plains

"The past could be jettisoned ... but the seeds got carried." Joan Dideon, Where I Was From



out of the womb of Time they slide
peasants and kings, artisans and queens
murders, warriors, healers, peacemakers
the mothers and grandmothers
on whose shoulders we stand

they are with us, their spirits sensed
though unseen
their hearts are in our mouths
as they guard and guide

feet rooted in the mud of Earth
we drink the wine, eat the roots
and sing the songs we inherited
their sayings are our sayings
their voices are our voices
carried on breezes
like the music of cathedral bells
like the call of the muezzin
they chime and summon
they sum what came before

from their gnosis
whispered in the ear of silence
we learn: we are nameless but not lost
we too shall echo
shall be the shoulders
shall be the mothers and grandmothers
shall be the Hope and the Light
along the path . . .
. . . .beckoning

Originally published in Brooklyn Memories

© 2012, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day and The BeZine)

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