Manifest Destiny

Street signs

 with names

of trees

.

pine

maple

elm

.

mounted on metal poles

standing where trees

used to be

like metallic green

grave stones.

 

The map of America

is littered with graves

 

Huron

Mohawk

Seneca Falls

.

Cheyenne

Shawnee

Cherokee

Sioux City

.

Standing where nations

used to be

 

Grave stones of Manifest Destiny.

.

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to Manifest Destiny

  1. beetleypete says:

    Poetic indeed, Frank.
    By coincidence, I live in Beech Road. No more Beech Trees line this road, but we do have a Beech Hedge.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. A powerful reminder of the graves we dig for ourselves.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Lara/Trace says:

    Very poetic reminder of pre-colonization. xox

    Liked by 1 person

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