March 5, 2021
When have you learned something when “place” played a role?
Sitting around circle at school The Community gathered close The Question was spoken What do you value most?
If you could choose one thing Only one thing you could save What one thing would you choose To live out your days?
Do not pick three wishes,
Nor money, nor clothes,
Nor say your health, nor your animals
Not your mom or dad or anyone who is close.
But pick some thing
One thing THAT REALLY MATTERS MOST. What would the students say
As they listened intently as to what each one chose?
A boat, a plane,
A special gift of some sort
The answers were given one by one And the answers were short.
Then my grandson
Who is my student as well What did I hear him say? What did he tell?
“The one thing that is so special to me The one thing, I knew from the start The only thing that I really want
Is the one thing that is in my heart.”
My grandson is not yet a man, He is the one I call “my boy” He did not ask for a new gun, Nor any kind of toy.
“Our LAND is what I want to keep, Harvest Fields is what I want to be mine, Our land, all 128 acres in Gibson.
It’s where my life is defined
It’s where I hunt and fish
It’s where alligators and wild animals roam Where I walk in the woods with my dogs
It is there that I call home.
It is where deer and ducks live
Where eagles, owls and hawks fly high, It is the place where I smell the fresh air It is where I look to the sky.
It is a Place of no limits The Place for me
The Place of my future My Place where I am free
The LAND is THE PLACE
I ask you to give
If I can ask for only one thing
It is the only place where I feel that I live.”
THEN it was my turn in the circle to speak
What would the teacher say was the one thing for him? “My porch” overlooking my land
This is THE PLACE where I want to live til the end.
PROCLAIMING A NEW DAY OF FREEDOM TO BE YOU