I live on land in Ellerbe
Land to which--I belong.
A caretaker is the role I play
As others before blessed it.
The place is lush, tranquil and serene
Assorted birds sing mornings' overture
The woodpecker distinguishes he presence
With percussive -- Tat, a-tat, a-tat, tat, tat.
The scent of newness is the dawn
A gentle breeze rustles the leaves and wind chimes
The grass presses firm against my feet.
Embraced by Nature's tenderness.
This land holds way too much to know
The blood of ancients who wandered here;
Uwharrie people, Chickahominy and Siouan tribes
Where are they now, their voices silence, their ways forgot.
Mixed peoples of another time
a culture demolished, expunged, erased.
Their toils of freedom in the dirt
Deeper still, their suffering concealed.
Their anguished tears touch my soul
Merged in spirit, soil and work;
Corn, beans, squash and turnip greens
Give nourishment, health and vitality.
Deer and coyote know they're safe,
Sometimes a gray fox passes by,
Smaller rodents romp and play,
At night burrowing into the ground.
To Mother Earth I say this prayer:
Sustain us all in peace and light
That we may walk in ancients' ways,
With courage, hope and gentleness; to tend the land
As once they did, with care and love.
Hold in our hearts their memory,
To not take more than we need and for all there is to give much thanks.
A Feather in the Wind: Poetry for the Mind, Body, Spirt and Soul is a collection of poems to stimulate the mind, open the heart, and make the soul sing. A Feather in the Wind is presented in six sections: “Peace and Harmony,” “The Source,” “Nature,” “Interconnectedness,” “On Waking Up,” and “Dancing.” Relocating to the rural south and the solitary lifestyle that transition affords, being surrounded by nature, listening to the sounds of birds in the morning, taking fresh vegetables from the garden, and taking long drives to teach in nearby cities were opportunities for reflection. Over time, Ms. Turner-Forte’s recollections of meeting many different people and engaging in diverse conversations became a catalog of words, thoughts, and phrases. A Feather in the Wind is partly the result of those contemplations, giving voice to observations through the literary style of poetry.
About the Author
Diana Turner-Forte is a Teaching Artist in Dance and Movement with a vision to transform the human spirit through these arts. She has devoted her life to training, informing and educating children and adults in developing a harmonious relationship between body, mind, and spirit. Diana Turner-Forte's philosophy is rooted in the belief that dance and movement are tools for maintaining the body's self-regulatory mechanism to heal, recharge and regenerate. Her multi-faceted approach to Life consists of daily spiritual disciplines, healthy and sustainable eating habits, exercise, meditation and inner contemplation. Ms. Turner-Forte is a Reiki Master/Teacher and professed in The Third Order Society of St. Francis. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, a wood artisan and pet schnauzer, Pierre.