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Ghosts of Our Fathers

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Ghosts of Our Fathers

The ground, a glassy vermillion,
is stained by sacrifices;
humble offerings for the cause
before catching up to decency and laws.   

Dead and buried they are. 
Their dusty clouds of silence,
once kept in musty jars,
move like shadows across time.
Their voices, long retired to heaven,
speak now in whispers
that we have longed to hear.

To the left, a grandfather
hushing us with winds across the lips. 
To the right, another
his grandmother's mother
dethroned queen in slave crown, 
hollowed, she echoes centuries down 

and says:

"The slayer, the slain 
one keeper, one chain,
the spoils of our labor,  as salt liquids streamed,
have poured into bricks with hope and a dream.
Though callous encumbered, beaten and worn,
we toiled to the day that freedom was born. 
The times were like wind, familiar yet strange
blowing through ages but destined to change.
When heavy day's over, when heavy day's done
the chasm between two will close into one."

Such voices of wisdom heard through our cries
are steady and strong, are steadfast and wise
hopeful their children will pave a new way
beneath a new dawn, beneath a new day  
so ghosts of our fathers can rest now at last
knowing our future has withstood their past.

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  1. Date: 1/2/2010 1:52:00 PM
    A timeless masterpiece. Thank you for sharing. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/31/2009 12:35:00 PM
    Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. A well deserved honor.

  1. Date: 12/29/2009 7:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your excellent poetry being featured this week Celeste. I wish you the best with your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/28/2009 3:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your fine poem being featured this week, Happy New Year >> James

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 4:38:00 PM
    Celeste, powerful and moving poem. I particularly like the words of the grandmother's mother. Congrats on your feature. Krista

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 3:59:00 PM
    Congratulations on your featured poem! Laura :)

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 10:47:00 AM
    Celeste, congratulations on having this poem featured this week! Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 4:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week >> James

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 1:51:00 PM
    Congrats!!! Love Light Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:22:00 PM
    Congratulations on being in the round-one finals! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 11:42:00 AM
    Celeste, congrats on being featured this week...Raul

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 9:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Celeste. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 6:26:00 AM
    I especially liked the last stanza. Congratulations on this well deserved feature of the week, dear Celeste. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/27/2008 5:07:00 PM
    Wonderful write. The day is approaching when there will be universal acceptance. This country has come a long way but still has miles to go. God Bless. A new era is beginning. Vince

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 6:51:00 PM
    In resp. to your resp. to my poem: the date is right. The poem is sort of like 'What if?' this child had survived. Happy holidays and thanks for the comment.

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 11:57:00 AM
    great piece of work, welcome to the soup

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 8:58:00 AM
    I can only say ... fantastic

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 8:23:00 AM
    Amazing poem. I read the piece and felt like some great wisdom was been imparted to me. Simply awesome and written so well. I love the voices in the piece. Great job again.

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 8:22:00 AM
    Great write & very powerful.