L’Hermione

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At 148 feet long, with a crew of 78 and more than 50 volunteers, the French Frigate L’Hermione made a triumphant entry into Philadelphia recently. L’Hermione was just one of the many ships there that day, for Philadelphia’s Tall Ship Festival.

This ship may look old but it’s actually brand new! It is a replica of the original L’Hermione that brought Lafayette over with help from the French government during the American Revolution. The fact is, if it had not been for France, there probably would be no USA. I think we often forget to thank France for their help – so thank you France!

If you have a chance to see the ship, it is well worth the effort. They are on a tour of the East Coast and I believe they are in Boston right now. They do, from time to time, fire some of their 32 cannon (like in picture above). Once they docked in Philadelphia, the crew sang to the crowd in French.

One nice thing about this festival is that it had a very international flavor. One of the largest ships was from Portugal, others were from Nova Scotia, and Spain. The opening ceremony had the national anthems of four nations sung, they included France, Canada, Portugal, and the US.

Even though we can romanticize history too much, and make it seem glorious, these ships are magnificent. They can inspire both young and old, to dream of adventure, and maybe even write, a story or two.

Peace.

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Commentary and Images © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Muskets

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I understand loving, some of history,

how we learned and grew,

freedom,

but down the hallways of time,

Africans are still crying for their children,

their freedom, wrapped in chains,

and the first people are still weeping,

losing everything.

I cannot, I will not,

celebrate their death,

and there are no muskets in heaven.

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

August 6, 1965

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The actor was teaching us,

about Britain and the colonies,

I can’t help thinking though,

there were no rights,

for some people.

And yet they were here, a part of us,

the first people,

being pushed west, dying,

and Africans being bought and sold,

in the market place,

God have mercy.

It wasn’t until August 6, 1965,

that African Americans could vote,

imagine, 1965.

Dr. King.

And by the way,

Britain abolished slavery,

long before we did.

God have mercy on us.

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

 

The Old Stone Fort

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On the other side of the window,

down the grey, damp hallways,

you can hear the echoes, of chains rattling,

and the whispers of ghosts,

shackled in regret.

Occasionally the camera of a tourist,

will pick up a stray image, unseen,

to the eye.

If you listen carefully,

you can hear the moaning, the lamenting,

of history’s blood.

Regardless of the flags they carried,

the ghosts declare,

“we should have never had slavery”

“we should have never harmed,”

“the first people”,

forever and ever declaring,

“we should have never destroyed,”

“their cultures”,

and the noise of their chains,

rattles down the grey, damp hallways,

of the old stone fort,

for eternity.

Blessings to everyone and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree