Mid-Month Meditation: “American History” by Ken Apple

Humanistic Paganism

Editor’s note: We encourage our readers to take these mid-month meditations as an opportunity to take a short break from everything else.  Rather than treating these posts the way you would any other post, set aside 10 minutes someplace quiet and semi-private to have an experience.  Take a minute to relax first.  After reading the post, take a few minutes to let the experience sink in.  If it feels right, leave a comment.

A European is someone who thinks
that one hundred miles is a long way.
An American is someone who thinks
that one hundred years is a long time.

It’s not that we don’t have a history.
History stretches as far back from here
as anywhere in the vast universe.

But the history here was built of wood
and sinew by men with brown skin.
We’ve done our best to buy it, pave it
and forget it, but it’s still…

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