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  The Ancient 'New World'
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, February 02, 2006
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“Once discovered, it was changed forever.”



The Tagline from the Movie,

‘The New World.’





In the Year of our Lord 1606

A small fleet of three ships left England

And when the ships’ occupants set foot here

North America would never be the same again


They had ‘discovered’ a wondrous ‘old world’

That had gone unmolested for countless centuries

And they had encountered an ancient race of people

Who had lived here amidst nature’s bounty successfully


But when these Europeans established the colony of Jamestown

Beginning to settle and to multiply here upon these ancient shores

The magnificent landscape of America would soon change forever

The ancient lifestyle of these native peoples would soon be no more


New colonists intent on obtaining land and wealth in this ‘New World

Began the persecution of its native peoples that lasted very many years

And what we’ve managed to do to this continent in only four centuries

Sadly brings many Native Americans and many conservationists to tears


I for one would have truly loved to have lived here in the very beginning

When this old ‘New World’ was undeveloped and waiting to be explored

And I for one would have truly loved traveling this once unmolested continent

Before ‘modern civilization’ came crashing down upon its once pristine shores


This new movie also had me seriously pondering the path mankind has taken on earth

Making me wonder if perhaps God had intended His children to live much simpler lives

In much better harmony with the wonders of nature on Earth’s splendid Garden of Eden

Instead we chose the arduous path to ‘civilized’ wealth power violent conquest and strife






Explorers had been landing in America for some time

before these settlers arrived on these three ships;

but it was with their arrival that the colonization of America began,

and with it, America’s recorded history.



In June of 1606, King James I granted a charter to a group of English entrepreneurs known as the Virginia Company to establish a permanent settlement in the Chesapeake region of North America.  And in December of 1606, 108 intrepid men and boys sailed from England in three ships: the Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery; having been instructed by their benefactors to settle this new colony of Virginia; to find gold and other precious resources in this ‘New World;’ and to chart a water route to the Orient – so more wealth and power could be obtained.


Set against a lush Virginia backdrop in the spring of 1607, this movie dramatizes the fierce antagonism that quickly erupts between these Europeans and these native peoples; and it also follows the relationship that develops between one of the Jamestown colonists, Captain John Smith – a soldier of fortune, and Matoaka – the youngest daughter of Chief Powhatan, King of the Algonquin Confederation.


Today, we know this young native woman as Pocahontas, which was actually her nickname – meaning ‘mischievous’ or ‘playful’ one.  After Pocahontas is kidnapped by these Jamestown colonists and forced to be ‘Christianized,’ she eventually agrees to marry a tobacco farmer named John Rolfe, and her name is Anglicized to ‘Rebecca.’  Ironically, tobacco farming is the first profitable ‘American’ enterprise.


As a student of history, I was extremely interested in this historical tale; and as a nature lover, I was entranced by the marvelously pristine theatrical vision of what our now extremely congested eastern seaboard must have looked like – only 400 short years ago.


This movie opens with stunning scenes of sparkling water, merrily chirping songbirds, fish swimming peacefully along, insects doing what they are supposed to do, ancient peoples going about their very simple lives; and then, these native villagers nervously watching these three strange ships arriving on their soon to be invaded Virginia shoreline.

 To me, the most captivating moments in this film revolve around the usually very sad inner thoughts of both Smith and Pocahontas – both now hopelessly trapped between two very different worlds.  And to me, this is a movie about lost love, lost lifestyles and traditions, and in effect, an entire lost continent. 


If you are intrigued by American history, Native American culture, or by Nature, I would highly recommend this film, although I found it to be quite sad.


I’ve always dreamt of a much simpler and far more serene life, surrounded by nature’s bounty, in Earth’s once pristine Garden of Eden.  And, I, too, happen to be married to a Native American – also named Rebecca – who has very sadly lost much of her ancient heritage as well – a heritage which had once thrived and endured for thousands of years prior to the establishment of European colonies in North America.



©2006, Ed Kostro



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Reviewed by Elaine Carey 2/13/2006
Wow, great poem and review! I love verses (and movies) that provoke further study.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/3/2006
Captivating and brilliant offering, Ed!
love and peace...
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/3/2006
the universe is next Ed, the unexplored next frontier. Anyway it all started with Adam and Eve again Ed, we were given a choice. This world still has plenty of beauty left in it out of the raw. The beginning was the raw, anyway man is too sophisticated to keep living in the trees Ed. Modern life is just as beautiful, the asphalt jungle. But I'm like you Ed, I love mother nature and the raw
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/3/2006
Fascinating work Ed! We enjoyed this educational time-travel very much.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 2/3/2006
Exciting thing you've done here, Ed! It takes us on a journey of so long ago. So much to flint strike about in those simpler times, and just so easy to pick up a horn and drink a libation of goodwill to man/woman. The picture is just awesome. I really love this write. It soothes my soul and bangs my gong.

Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 2/3/2006
The master gave us the sense of exploration. The Devil the need to conquer. Well penned Ed
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 2/2/2006
In masterful form as usual, Ed. I believe humanity was intended to live a much simplier lifestyle-- and has done so! As always, an enjoyably informative write.
Peace and Blessings,
Reviewed by jude forese 2/2/2006
a most creative and brilliant poem!
Reviewed by Paul Williams 2/2/2006
Thank you for this enlightening and educational piece Ed, superb write.

Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 2/2/2006
Very well said...liked the picture with it as well...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/2/2006
Brilliant offering Ed...thanks for this most insightful read!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by L. Figgins 2/2/2006
Yes, a sad fate met many native peoples in the Europeans's quest for power and riches. A very fine write, Ed...Lin
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 2/2/2006
I'm afraid, dear Ed, that humankind has not really evolved much. Rather than adapting to our environment, like most animals, we continue our attempts to make the environment adapt to us.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/2/2006
YOu are a treasure Ed! Thanks for the history sharing and the beautiful way you tell it! I agree with the others , You give us much to ponder on where we go from here.

Your book on Katrina is precious! Everyone should own it!

tiger lily
Reviewed by Tina Clark 2/2/2006
As a lover of history Ed I was captivated in this piece of work, thank your for the wonderful read as well as the heads up on the movie! I'll be sure to see it now! We can't undo the past, but we can hopefully togethger make tomorrows better, at least I pray so. Well done!

Reviewed by Kenny Baez 2/2/2006
They call it progress, but much is lost, when the old community ways of living die. You know Ed, England had a good go at 'discovering'
Ireland and Scotland before they'd ever heard of America. Dispossessing the Irish and driving out the Highlanders, banning the kilt and prohibiting the Gaelic language. Maybe something old had to die before the new Great Britain could be born! We're more aware today and respectful, thank God, of other cultures, but the mighty dollar and pound sterling rolls on, and profit is still the motivating factor, it seems. This sounds like a good film to see,
and Pocahontas's song, Colours of the Wind, from the Disney movie
is a moving song on this very same subject. Best wishes from a poor English-speaking Scotsman! And keep searching for the good thru the bad, Ed!
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/2/2006
This is a brilliant adaption and take on the new film " The Lost World ", and Mankind's downward spiral into Darkness since the Fall in the Garden of Eden !
We must never forget The Old Enemy Satan has had an instrumental role to play in the History of the World, and his malignant influence is
increasingly being felt felt in these dangerous and volatile times !
This is a splendid narration Ed, and it reminds me of the good ship Mayflower which sailed for America with English pilgrims and settlers
in 1620.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/2/2006
Bloody English. Stuffed up most the world, with their Napoleon complex.
The Union James/Jack the mad King named that after himeself too.
Royals are a fine example of the dangers with in-breeding...
Very interesting and informative write. As you say the first bloke to discover america was I think, Erik the Red, or Gardar Svavarsson? So you all may have some Viking blood in yer too...
Reviewed by Aberjhani 2/2/2006
A powerful and educational meditation on the realities and implications of Western history. As the past cannot be changed, you give us much to consider regarding where to go from here. Thanks for a great write.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/2/2006
Sometimes, the most enjoyable life is in its simplicity and the beauty of mother nature.

I agree with you, it is a movie that is well-worth watching.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/2/2006
Well, unfortunately this country may never go back to its beginnings, but we have the technology to halt alot of what tears at the very fiber of our being & this country, hell the whole worlds problems...greed, avarice, the desire to kill that which is new, the loss of old values held true...I doubt we will see it in this lifetime...but...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/2/2006

You have written a compelling and powerful thought provoking poem. Excellence seeps from your talented pen! BRAVO!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/2/2006

You've powerfully conveyed the tragedy of what wasichu (white man) has done to the planet, her people and creatures. Excellent work here--I wish I could undo what was done. As a wasichu, I am ashamed of my people.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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