As I have been for the past few weeks, today, I’m participating in Pam’s Poetic Thursday over at Two Spoiled Cats. This was the photo Pam provided last week as inspiration for this week’s poem:
I struggled with a poem for this photo and finally wrote about the Native Americans we studied in school and my family’s connection to one in particular. Perhaps you’ve heard of her?
Virginia History class in elementary school,
studying Native Americans when Chief Powhatan ruled.
He was a powerful man, but not quite as famous
as his intriguing daughter, Pocahontas.
Indian Princess, peacemaker, John Rolfe’s wife;
she accomplished much in her very short life.
She gave birth to Thomas, and there’d come a time
when he’d sell land to an ancestor of mine.
My roots are deep on this piece of the earth,
but can’t compare to those who were here first.
~These Days Of Mine~