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 Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig

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PostSubject: Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig   Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig EmptySun Jun 15, 2008 12:24 pm

Mother, please show me the discrepancies between the wrongs and rights.
Sister, show me what being a strong, independent woman is like.

Auntie, tell me all about your glory days.
I promise I'll listen.

Grandmother, tell me how much God loves me.
I promise to become more attentive.

Great-grandmother, show me the wounds that has been attached to your skin.
Cousin, show me that beauty and wisdom comes from within.

Teacher, teach me the origin of the Star Spangled Banner.
Teach me the importance of having good table manners.

Poetess, write me a poem or two about the time when education was prohibited except cooking, cleaning, birthing, and sowing.
Ancestor, open my eyes and ears to the unknown.

Singer, sing the songs of life and death.
Fighter, fight until there is nothing left.

For I am a lost soul who is eager to listen to your words of wisdom...

copy written 5/14/2008
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig   Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig EmptySun Jun 15, 2008 12:37 pm

I don’t know who you are, Dana, or anything about you. If you introduced yourself in the newbie thread, I missed it. But I want to tell you that I do not have a fondness for poetry. I’ve actually hurt a friend’s feelings because I’d cringe whenever she wanted me to read her work.

But I read yours and weep. It touches me, sings to me and lingers long after I’ve left the page.
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig   Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig EmptySun Jun 15, 2008 12:53 pm

Brenda Hill wrote:
I don’t know who you are, Dana, or anything about you. If you introduced yourself in the newbie thread, I missed it. But I want to tell you that I do not have a fondness for poetry. I’ve actually hurt a friend’s feelings because I’d cringe whenever she wanted me to read her work.

But I read yours and weep. It touches me, sings to me and lingers long after I’ve left the page.


Ms. Hill, firstly I appreciate your honesty. When people say that honesty is the best policy; it's true because honesty help clarify certain things. LOL! Just kidding (a little bit). Secondly, I am glad to know that my work has touched you in some way. I never had anyone to tell me that my work had made them weep and honestly, you're the first person to tell me this.

I must say that I am truly grateful for your support and I am happy that my poem(s) has given you a reason to like poetry just a little bit. LOL! Thank you and have a wonderful day. -Dana
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig   Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig EmptyMon Jun 16, 2008 3:43 pm

Like Brenda, I'm not fond of poetry, but yours is very moving. Good job.
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig   Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig EmptyMon Jun 16, 2008 4:29 pm

Thought provoking.
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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig   Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig EmptyMon Jun 16, 2008 4:44 pm

Got to me too, Dana, and my poetry usually begins with, "There once was a man from..."

My lifelong interest (read obsession) is in anything Native American or
indigenous cultures, and this poem of yours rings that bell. Many, if
not most, of the First Americans have matriarchial societies that rely
on the women to teach the next generation. In ancient times, the chiefs
(Mikko) of the southeastern Creek (Muskogee) Indians were women, called
Blessed Mothers

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PostSubject: Re: Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig   Words of Wisdom by Dana Rettig EmptyMon Jun 16, 2008 5:17 pm

Phil Whitley wrote:
Got to me too, Dana, and my poetry usually begins with, "There once was a man from..."

My lifelong interest (read obsession) is in anything Native American or
indigenous cultures, and this poem of yours rings that bell. Many, if
not most, of the First Americans have matriarchial societies that rely
on the women to teach the next generation. In ancient times, the chiefs
(Mikko) of the southeastern Creek (Muskogee) Indians were women, called
Blessed Mothers

.

I LOVE the Native American Culture!! (It is so nature based, much like Elfish Society).

My sister was married by a medicine woman in a Native American Ceremony. It was beautiful !!!
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Dick Stodghill wrote:
Like Brenda, I'm not fond of poetry, but yours is very moving. Good job.
Thanks for the comment on my work. I am greatly appreciative for your support. Thank you and have a great day. -Dana
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Abe F. March wrote:
Thought provoking.
Thanks for the comment. I am glad that you like my work. Peace and blessings. -Dana
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Phil Whitley wrote:
Got to me too, Dana, and my poetry usually begins with, "There once was a man from..."

My lifelong interest (read obsession) is in anything Native American or
indigenous cultures, and this poem of yours rings that bell. Many, if
not most, of the First Americans have matriarchial societies that rely
on the women to teach the next generation. In ancient times, the chiefs
(Mikko) of the southeastern Creek (Muskogee) Indians were women, called
Blessed Mothers

.
Thanks for the kind words. I am truly grateful for your comment on my work. I am glad that you like the poem. Peace and blessings. -Dana
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