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My family is everywhere

My family is everywhere like wild seeds sown
On the whim and bluster of a wind
Some left for Cuba before the revolution
Bring green stalks of sweet grass to sugar
And are still there, root sunken in the earth
Grafted branches without memory now
Or recognition of ancestral home,
Separated by language and new history
Thick as the depth of our watery boundaries.

Some in Panama built the canal, but no bridge
For home when their meagre cents were spent
Too soon. I met a few with little knowledge
But no anxiety for early morning mist of blue
Over the mountain, looking still to see them
Coming home like birds when summer is done.
Some went to Venezuela to see the oil
They said was black as Africa in the new world
Brazil: there football is more than economy
Gladiators: bloodless troubadors of the new army 
And many drifted into the squalor of Costa Rica,
Nicaragua, Ecuador, searching for light
Amidst old civilizations brought to ruins
By Conquistadores majesty and Roman might.

The only one who report are those from Canada
Is it because of the language, because they proper
As they do in America. Is there nothing in them
That longs for home, to leave the Mexico to her Aztecs
Her cactus lace with golden strands of sun.
When I was in Germany, Austria, France, far away
As Holland, Rhine and Danube linking invisble
Heritage, I met them, distancing the old decay
"We are thinking to move to Taiwan or Japan"
They told me, poverty does make a barren land
So I understand the boat people, not lying
Like Columbus, they seek the same treasure
And yet for their truth reap some displeasure.
I could package it for them to sell, but cannot agree
When the wind rattle the wattle of desolation.

My family is everywhere scattered like wild seeds
In fresh forests fretting with the burden of the wind.

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  1. Date: 3/31/2009 3:05:00 PM
    I love this poem. It keeps my attention and make me want to be closer to my extended family. And it makes me think....and you always do that. Great job and an excellent example of poetry.

  1. Date: 3/30/2009 1:14:00 PM
    Hmm, You know what makes You soo unique L'Nass; aside from Your wonderful gift of profound expression! The passion that You pour upon Your pages; amid the wisdoms and sincereties which You seem to hold! Again, all markings and signs, of a truly rare and great writer!:) And of course; as always; I loved this one of Yours here! My Love Always To You & Your Loves, John!:)

  1. Date: 3/30/2009 5:49:00 AM
    "Simple people see God as if He stood on that side and we on this side." This Zen also describes family. I love the message of your poem and the wonderful ability you present. Some see Americans as family, Africans, for instance, as something else, a different family. No! We are all the same, all scattered to the four winds. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/26/2009 4:44:00 PM
    Rich! And I absolutely agree with Frank's wonderful comment!

  1. Date: 3/26/2009 12:52:00 PM
    This was wonderfully penned a map and a bloodline combined terrific 10/10

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 5:53:00 PM
    Very unique and intriguing write, I can relate to this as my family is scattered all over. I still hold them close in my heart as I hope they do me..I pray one day we will all be united together again..Such a touching and passionate piece.. I know that if I ever leave, I will not forget where It is I came from. No matter where we may go,we'll always be family.Wonderful poem flowing from a gifted writer's soul..Incredible imagery here leaves the reader stunned like "Whoa!! GB Always, Tyesha

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 3:04:00 PM
    its sad when family have to depart my friend,but still family is family in heart,this really touched me,you write so deep and real facts, i love your readings,just love it,i learn a lo from it too,and from others like you-cheers;-)

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 8:15:00 AM
    Another gift you have given us with this poem, L'nass...we are all from seeds like this...scattered everywhere...and thankfully, that makes us united in our birth...if only we could as nations....remember...and honor that fact. ~ Wonderful poetry!! It moves the soul.!!

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 8:11:00 AM
    Dear L'nass, I cannot even tell you how much I loved this poem. Very powerful, passionate and moving. And your words, so original and exquisite 'her cactus lace with golden strands of sun' Love it. All of it. You have a gift, and thank you for sharing it with us. Cynthia.

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 7:06:00 AM
    This one just really touched my heart. What an exquisite poem! So many lines here....I just love this and I must put it in my faves....Wow! You are a talented writer. I love love those last two lines! "scattered like wild seeds" "fretting with the burden of the wind" Brilliant imagery in all your poems. Love Christie

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 5:32:00 AM
    incredible moments of intense compassion for your family and the land in this magnificent poem,L'nass! wow! a new fav!

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 5:25:00 AM
    Yes, another profoundly deepened and exquisite write my more than gifted and talented friend L'nass!!!:):) So much truth to your wonderfully painted and expressed words! So much love! So much longing and hope! I have said this before-"You" are going to be a great bright light someday! Excellent and wonderful write my dear friend!!:):)

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 5:18:00 AM
    Me too, my brother, me too. All around the globe, they are, but BOY do i miss my home (Canada) more than anywhere my heart has not seen with it's own eyes - it's in my veins. love this, Kristin

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 4:24:00 AM
    This is a powerful write about the legacy of blood we have running through our from all walks of life...out of many we are one..

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 3:39:00 AM
    wow... so do you travel to meet them?!? that would be fun... i love travelling... i have a dream to go on a world tour on my own jet!! anyway... nice write... very different! take care ~ Arany