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My Favorite Devonshire

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My Favorite Devonshire

In Search of Nature

Wandering past the boundaries of his small reservation,
Crescent Moon saw the land of his ancestors’ generation.

Tales handed down spoke of vast plains where buffalo used to roam,
but plains had become cities, animals had found a new home.

Most of the creatures had been captured, tagged and placed into zoos;
Anger coursed through Crescent Moon’s veins as tears from his eyes did ooze.

Tribal leaders had told him that the sky was once a bright blue,
but now smog was so thick that only faint rays of sun pierced through.

Seeing mountains in the distance, he pursued a vision quest
taking him through streets that were once the great forests of the West.

Snowy peaks he finally reached, but they were lined by ski resorts.
Fire burned in him, knowing beauty had been sacrificed for sports.

As he climbed over peaks to view a river flowing below,
he saw only tainted waters that caused his anger to grow.

Sadly, slowly, he made his way back to the reservation,
knowing there was no way to reverse what the white man had done.

Although others had adjusted to life in captivity,
he’d no longer participate in tribal festivity.

Instead he made his home in a cave behind a waterfall,
to envision his land as it once was, not a shopping mall.

Carolyn Devonshire



Oh Carolyn, I wish I could attach a picture of my mother beneath this poem, with her long black hair and high cheekbones! She was one fourth Cherokee and her land is now gone. Not only has the landscape of my ancestors changed, so has their health and customs due to the ways of greed. May those who truly have a sacredness about life live on forever. You stirred the ancient spirits of my ancestors with this special write!

 Love,  Gwendolen R.

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  1. Date: 6/12/2012 1:41:00 PM
    Congratulations on your super write Gwendolen. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 10:19:00 AM
    Gwen, I have a great admiration for Native Americans and the way they treated the land with respect. I'm so glad this poem stirred some special memories for you! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 2:30:00 AM
    This is indeed a lovely poem that honors the Native American. I too feel saddened at their loss for it is a loss that belongs to all of us. This is a wonderful tribute for Carolyn, one that I am sure she will treasure. I enjoyed what you wrote and I can relate. Thank you for your contest, it was my honor to be included.

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 2:13:00 AM
    Gwen, congrats on your win..this must be a first for a contest..David

  1. Date: 6/10/2012 5:26:00 AM
    Your choice of Carolyn's poems was fantastic. She captured the truth and sadness of what has been lost! Congratulations on your win Gwendolyn ...Samia

  1. Date: 6/7/2012 5:14:00 AM
    3 spots left in my contest, guys! :) Gwendolen

  1. Date: 6/2/2012 9:34:00 PM
    hi,, are you in the building right now.. if you are can you send me some kind of notice,,.. I want to run something by you. i will keep checking

  1. Date: 5/21/2012 9:54:00 PM
    oops, or is this YOUR contest??? I forgot about that!!

  1. Date: 5/21/2012 9:53:00 PM
    Hey, I have cherokee in my blood as well. I like the reasoning you gave for choosing this one. good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 5/21/2012 10:18:00 AM
    Such a great poem ,one of my favs too...What a wonderful tribute to create a contest in praise of my dear friend's poetry..I'm so proud of you..Big hugs... Charma :)

  1. Date: 5/20/2012 4:15:00 AM
    endearing tale that somehow speaks to me... ohh, you need not be taught how to write poerty, gwenie..:) huggs and soup mail!

  1. Date: 5/20/2012 12:59:00 AM
    a great poem... goos luck in your contest...lol...kidding... pd

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 11:11:00 AM
    Dear Gwen, thank you for honoring me with this interpretation of my poem and by your surprising contest. I am trying to read all the entries. I have a special place in my heart for Native Americans and the Cherokees were one of the most spiritual, peaceful tribes. Thank you for sharing your geneology with me. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/19/2012 1:22:00 AM
    soupmail

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 11:16:00 PM
    You chose a stirring poem of Carolyn to draw inspiration from Gwendolen.. Sadly this is still happening even today.. Hope you enjoy your weekend.. Love Wilma

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 2:38:00 PM
    My Dad used to write songs and poetry so similar to this wonderful, and sad story of loss, and cruelty. What a people had to endure, is still hard for me to imagine. Wonderful poetry, dear Gwen.

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 12:40:00 PM
    Passionate....the end is raw in truth! Helluva write G.

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 12:06:00 PM
    I'm really proud to know Carolyn, one of the greatest poets that I know, and maybe will ever know! I'm so glad you chose this poem to be dedicated...it's an incredible and glorious write if I've ever seen one! You are a great person Gwendolen to do this...I send you my admiration of you :) Great Work!!

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 11:48:00 AM
    in total agreement! Gwendolyn! not popular thoughts these days of calling for jobs at the expense of ALL LIVING THINGS HEALTH......jimbo

  1. Date: 5/18/2012 8:51:00 AM
    You are doing a great job, Mrs.Rix, further popularising a fine poet whom I too admire. She is one whom I find easy to understand by reason of her lucid narration and simplicity of expression and her choice of themes which I can easily identify with...:) Jag

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