Friday, October 14, 2016

The Answers My Friends...

Photo:  Public Domain
After a lifetime of writing musical poetry, Bob Dylan has been recognized for his contribution to the Literature of the World by the Nobel Prize committee.  I am so happy!
There are some critics that argue that Dylan does not deserve this most honored award.  These naysayers mainly complain that what he wrote isn't any better than other songwriters.  What they don't get is that the other songwriters' works were not the anthems for generations of freedom fighters, peacemakers and social activists from around the world.
BBC demonstrated just how poetic Dylan's songs are by posting a recording of several of their famous actors reading the words of the songs we have come to know so well.  The poetry is more than obvious.  The fact that the words Dylan wrote inspired people to seek peace, seek change, seek connection is the foundation for why the Nobel committee honored him.

For me, Dylan's words, his songs, have touched so many parts of my life.  Since the early days of my budding social consciousness to the present time as I teach and minister, his poetry has soothed, encouraged, inspired and affirmed what I believe to be true. 

Congratulations, Mr. Dylan! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

In Remembrance of the Anishinaabeg

Today, I honor the ancestors - those whose lives were taken, yet whose Spirit still lingers from the mountain tops to the valley, from the waterways to the desert.  Today, I celebrate the resilience of the Native people who kept to the Red Road, so that we who came after might learn, might hope, might continue to honor and care for all that Creator has given us. 
 Close to the horizon 
 Under the heart of the Sun 
Come the Anishinaabe. 

The breath of the Moon guides them. 
The circle of their lives is woven 
Into All that IS. 

Their stories are held in the heart of the Stars. 
Their songs serenade the Wind. 
Anishinaabe, Anishinaabe. 

Children of the Ancient Ones… 
 Brother Bear, Sister Sky… 
Wolf and Eagle still call your name… 

Linda M. Rhinehart Neas ©1998