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Who Am I?

I am an avid reader of Charles R Hale’s blog called Stories Connect Love Heals. He posed the question “who are you?” – in terms of your ancestral history. He was kind enough to post my  response, and here is the full piece.

Who Am I?

I am the one who climbed out of the primordial ooze and found my grasp. I am the East African who made the tool; and the ancient warrior whose hand found the spear. I am the creative one, in Namibia, France, and Spain, who fashioned a paint brush, telling stories on cave walls. I am the Sumerian who began to plant. I am the one who plucked the string, and I am the one who pulled the trigger.

I am the shilpi whose chisel opened the eye of an Indian god. And the Chinese scholar learning the Four Arts. I am the Roman gladiator in the arena taking his last breath, and the Greek fisherman’s newborn taking its first.

I am the Pauite who believed in the ghost dance, and among the soldiers who silenced him.  I am the Slovenian discovering the flute and the Turk who built the temple. I am the one who built the bridge, and I am the one who built the prison.

I am the seanchai keeping the rich oral tradition alive with colorful tales of Ireland, and the Spartan whose culture will die. I am my immigrant grandfather and his oldest son digging deep inside a coal mine, moving closer, with each shovel of soil, to bringing my grandmother and their children across the ocean from Italy. I am the soldier who didn’t come home, and I am the soldier who did…

Who are you?


  1. February 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for all your kind words of support, Toni. You know I’m most appreciative.

  2. February 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Further, your response is brilliant.

    • February 21, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Thank you for including your readers as writers!

      • February 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

        I derive a lot of pleasure from that, Toni. Thank you.

  3. February 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful Toni. I love your expressive writing. It gives me word pictures that take my mind to each time period. Richly written.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • February 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Thank you Fran. You already know how much I enjoy your work.

  4. June 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

    How very beautiful and perfectly written. Your question – I may be the soldier who did return home but truly speaking I am the eternal energy which runs through every being. And this is the truth that I must believe in 🙂

    • June 9, 2015 at 5:03 am

      Beautifully said, dear Dilip…and correct — it is the energy and the truth. Always appreciate hearing from you, and reading your thoughtful comments.

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