Message To One And All

Message To One And All ode

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In 1855 President Franklin Pierce of the United States made a “request” to Chief Seathl1 of the Suwamish tribe of Indians (who lived in what is now the State of Washington) to “sell” his land to the government. In reply, Chief Seathl sent a letter to the President

You wish to buy the land;
Habitation I reside
The earth you divide and trade
Consuming land to fade
My friendship you don’t need
Imprisoning me indeed
I am forced to deal with you
The way you put it through
Your guns are still there to shoot
Every head and every foot
Can you sell and buy the sky?
Same rules to the land apply
The freshness of the air
The sunshine glowing fair
The sparkle of water
Every bird’s feather
Every shining pine needle
The soar of every eagle
Every sandy shore
Every being and more
Every mist
North south west and east
Is not for sale
A natural rule and detail
The land we do not own
So strange is your tone

1. The Chief’s name is perpetuated in the name of the city of Seattle in the State of Washington.

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Nada Amine Awar

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I am a Lebanese female poet, researcher and writer in Arabic and English.Fourth of January, 1957 I was born in Quarnayel, Lebanon. Being an only daughter among three sons, gave my whole life an aromatic taste. I got a master degree in political science from the American University of Beirut. Mahatma Gandhi is the only politician I follow and respect. Gamal Abd Nasir is the only Arab leader I admire. Rabindranath Tagore is my spiritual master. His poetry, writings, music, and universal thought is a real fountain for my spiritual uplifting. Chief Seattle’s “Message To the Modern World” broadened my views and deepened my interrelationships with Mother Nature and the GREAT SPIRIT. John Lennon is my daily friend. I recognize his song “Imagine” as my national anthem. I am a fan of Yoko Ono; I appreciate what she gave to the “whole world” through her love to John. I believe that the cosmic law is the only law that any creature must follow in order to understand the simple truth of life and death: that is another form of existence.
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