Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Eagle

My Eagle
By: Shad Bolt Smith
of the Delaware Nation
I met an eagle
Who flew straight
And true
Across my heart
He left me blue!
He would not lie
He could not stay
Shit happens
But why this way?
He took me soaring
With a single kiss
No matter what happens
He'll forever be missed
A president elected
Running the show
Sending our loved ones
But afraid to go
I asked the mighty spirit
Why this must be
He said eagles flight
To keep America Free

Friday, February 17, 2012

Adoption: It's nothing new......

Adoption. It's nothing new...

Recently my husband and I began the process of trying to adopt a child from Haiti. International adoption can be daunting as it means alot of paperwork and waiting. As I begin this wonderful journey towards added a child to our family I thought about the all times in history when a child or an adult was adopted from one culture into another. Cultures worldwide have instituted adoption in one form or another. It's nothing new at all.

Adoption has been around probably since the dawn of mankind. It is an ancient process that is spoken of in the bible. Ancient Greek, Ancient Rome, Mesopotamia and Egypt all had adoption procedures. The first written code for adoption had been during the riegn of King Hammurabi of Babylonia of 18th century BC. Paragaraphs 185 through 193 of the Code Law of Hammurabi clearly explicitly deal with adoption. Here is the law:

185. If a man adopt a child and to his name as son, and rear him, this grown son can not be demanded back again.
186. If a man adopt a son, and if after he has taken him he injure his foster father and mother, then this adopted son shall return to his father's house.
187. The son of a paramour in the palace service, or of a prostitute, can not be demanded back.
188. If an artizan has undertaken to rear a child and teaches him his craft, he can not be demanded back.
189. If he has not taught him his craft, this adopted son may return to his father's house.
190. If a man does not maintain a child that he has adopted as a son and reared with his other children, then his adopted son may return to his father's house.
191. If a man, who had adopted a son and reared him, founded a household, and had children, wish to put this adopted son out, then this son shall not simply go his way. His adoptive father shall give him of his wealth one-third of a child's portion, and then he may go. He shall not give him of the field, garden, and house.
192. If a son of a paramour or a prostitute say to his adoptive father or mother: "You are not my father, or my mother," his tongue shall be cut off.
193. If the son of a paramour or a prostitute desire his father's house, and desert his adoptive father and adoptive mother, and goes to his father's house, then shall his eye be put out.

According to Greek legend, Alexander the Great's father was Zeus. Zeus had impregnated Olympias before her marriage to King Philip II of Macedon. After Alexander's birth in 356 B.C., King Philip II claimed Alexander as his son. The 1st emperor of the Roman Empire, Augustus, had been adopted by his great uncle via last will and testament in 44B.C. Augustus is better known by his birth name Octavius, the young man who went to war against Cleopatra and Mark Anthony before he became emperor. Later in his life, Augustus adopted four children. Unlike modern adoptions, the main reason to adopt a child was for the benefit of the person who was adopting and not the child. In ancient Rome, it was so vital for the upperclass to have a male heir that couples without sons would adopt boys or men. Adoption, although it happened, was rare in the ancient world. The majority of orphans and abandoned children became slaves. 

After the fall of Rome, the fate of orphans and abandoned children became more dismal. More concerned about bloodlines and legitimacy, the monarchs of medieval age Europe either outlawed adoption entirely or made the requirements so hard to fulfill it was hopeless. Despite the aversions, some adoptions did continue through personal contracts. These contracts, focused on the responsibilities the adopted child would have instead of the child's welfare. It was not uncommon for the contracts to state the child had to care for the parents in their old age. While some children found new homes under private adoptions, Europe still faced a problem with orphaned and abandoned children. The majority of these children often found themselves upon the doorstep of the Catholic Church. If a child was fortunate to have found themselves there, they would immediately be immediately adopted by the church. Under the church's guidance, the children were raised in a monastery. Within the confides of the monastary, the children were given an education and trained in a trade. As the population of abandoned and orphand grew, the church began to systematically devise an instuition to care for these children. Hospitals and orpanges were created by the church throughout Europe. It was the first time in history where abandoned children were without social, moral or physical disadvantage.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You Say!

Today my guest blogger is Shad Bolt Smith of the Delaware Nation. She is a native american poet from Carrollton, Kentucky. Shad has served in the United States Army, was a police officer in Indiana and is the mother of two children.
You Say
By Shad Bolt Smith of the Delaware Nation

You say you had a dream
a vision I heard you say
you have this need to tell me
of the things you saw this day.

YOU SAY.....
you saw our people
laughing in the morning light
and the children's were so happy
their eyes were very bright.

YOU SAY.....
your vision showed you a rainbow
many colors of many things
The sun, glowed a pretty red
and the grass a shinning green

YOU SAY.....
you will cut your hair
and wear the white man's skins
they will see this difference
and then will call you friend

YOU SAY.....
you will sale some of our Mother Earth
and maybe a horse or two
we'll have all we need
the white man promised you

YOU SAY.....
you will hunt no longer
will stay with me instead
the white man promises cattle
so our people will all be fed.

I too had a dream
a vision as you say
a vision that was lonely
for our people had gone away

I SAY.....
In my vision, was a white man's school
and our children looked at me
with eyes not bright from laughter
but shinning White's man's blue

I SAY.....
shinning in my vision
I saw your grass of green
but the shining was barbed wire
a very ugly thing

NOW I SAY.....
"glowing" with anger
was you sun so red
Glowing from the pain of our people
red, from, the blood of our dead!

I SAY....
sell the Mother Earth
sell that which is not ours?
what will they ask for next,
the trees, the air, the stars?

I SAY...
if we sell our land
we sell our children too.
we sell our heart to be
a white man's stupid fool.

I SAY.....
our people you saw laughing
were drunk on Fire water
the drink, that closes your eyes....
to the tears, of our forefathers!

I SAY.....
cut your hair
and dig in Mother Earth
to give up our way of life,
that we have known since birth?

I SAY...
I cannot stop
these fear nor tears
I hear your voice
but can't believe my ears

I SAY....
You do not mean
what you have just said
That fire water
has gone to your head.

I SAY....
mixed beliefs, mixed children
mixed customs and laws
this, your beginning
is where the red man falls

Now husband, I say.....
far better than your vision
please hear my cries
Hokahey, Hokahey

It is a good day on which to .......
to die!