With respect and appreciation for Martin Luther King

…….today I pay a quick visit to the slaves’ graves on the estate where I lived. There is a row of children’s graves on one end of the graveyard, all victims of an illness that swept through in the early 1800s. The stones in front mark the graves of some slaves who lived and died on this property. It was a solemn thing to take care of this graveyard, mowing and trimming, I always felt humbled and deep.  On a grassy bluff overlooking the water, the family names on the carved gravestones are the same names one sees elsewhere in this county. The same few big families were everywhere. I came here the day that Obama won the election, and tossed some flowers around in celebration.

This peninsula once was home to over 4,000 slaves. On this, the Confederate side of the Bay, the legacy of slavery still exists – socially, politically, economically. Slavery built these opulent estates that we see along the Eastern Shore, provided the backbone of the fishing and agriculture of Maryland. Frederick Douglas walked these streets and Harriet Tubman’s important work in Dorchester county marked revolution, right down the road. There still exists a pain body here, using Eckhart Tolle’s language – a pain body of injustice, pain, loss and powerlessness. We felt it on the farm sometimes, thick in the air. Kevin recalls standing in the toolshed and being overcome by a heavy energy of angst on more than one occasion. I believe the land holds human emotion in places like this. And I hope that it also takes on new human energy, as we evolve.

I think Dr. King offered us a way to focus on the future, on the way things can be, rather than just on how things are/were. His dream is our dream. Thank you, sir – for giving us a vision of a better future. I like the idea of focusing on that – the dream – and how we want to live together – all of us. Our public discourse has become so bitter and divisive. I appreciate the reminder of a dream of how our world can be.

~ by kbosin on January 17, 2011.

One Response to “With respect and appreciation for Martin Luther King”

  1. Very thought provoking, thank you

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