The American Experience

I just came back from the Catskill Mountains where I did a performance of one of my plays…it took me through many old memories both of my growing up and what I learned about my country through writers such as Washington Irving, Longfellow, and Hawthorne . We were writing legends in those early days to carry us through time as we took the land from the native americans and made it our own.
Sometimes we forget the people who first walked through those green and sturdy forests. Sometimes we even forget our own first walkers. Now there are shopping malls and farms being broken up.
The Hudson river is a lazy great river, welcoming to ships. The
Dutch found that out.
Once inawhile one can find the thread that pulls from the past.
In the hurried concern of a family of wild turkeys making it from one side of the road to the other. In the tentative step of a young deer peering out of the forest wondering if it is his cue to appear. Or the apple trees that hang on the sides of gentle hills. Sometimes we wonder whether that country is gone, and what we brought to it instead.
Frost said “The land was ours before we were the land’s” He may have been wrong. The land always belongs to itself. We only put footsteps down.


About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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