Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ohio's Pretty Polly

Today I cried for a woman I did not know. A woman named Jessie Davis, the mother of a two year old boy who watched as she was taken, 39 weeks pregnant, against her will to be murdered and left in a meadow in the beautiful national park my children and I often frequent and visit with friends.

It is chilling, and at the same time, this is the world in which we live. There is emotional, psychological, and physical violence that surrounds us and touches the lives of people we know and don't know every day. What some people will do out of pride, or fear, or hate is beyond my ability to understand. So I just breathe and accept that there is no limit to the harm some will do to others, whether they believe it is for love, or freedom, or in the best interest.

When shadow overtakes the ability to reason, when perceived power is the product of self-delusion and lack of consciousness, Ego will stop at nothing to satisfy its lust. But the Ego on such a hunt will never be satisfied.

May the Earth give refuge to the spirit and bodies of Jessie Davis and her unborn daughter Chloe, and may her little son someday find peace from the atrocity he alone witnessed.

And may we all find protection from those who will stop at nothing because they don't know how.

Pretty Polly
(A version by The Byrds, befitting the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love)

2 Comments:

At June 25, 2007 1:23 PM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Sadly this sort of thing goes on all the time, but for whatever reason we heard about this particular case.

 
At June 25, 2007 5:46 PM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Greetings, PoP!
Indeed I even debated about posting anything except that it was so close to home, and it proves the timelessness of some of the oldest, saddest, creepiest mountain ballads -- we call 'em murderin' ballads or killin' songs. If only we would all wake up one day and songs like that would be just a legend.

I suspect this is going to develop into a complicated case. It has race, it has pregnancy (with a baby so close to term it's treated as a double-homicide), it has emotion....it's turbo charged for sure.

Thanks for saying hello -- stop back again under happier circumstances!

MM

 

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