Happy Father’s Day

As we continue to awaken and rise on every level imaginable, I salute, acknowledge, praise and send the most kind, loving energy to my Brothers, Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends! I love you♥ and Thank You for all you do and for all your are…

My Father, E. Davis, Jr., at Tybee Beach, Savannah, Georgia, 2007.
Elliott Davis, Sr., my Grandfather, Army, World War II, Fort Benning, Georgia.

His feet are made of his mothers spiritual concern
And of his father; historic, and mindfully upright
What walkers—
From mound builder steps that led to the sky maker
Past Spanish galleons, stage coach, and railroad snakes age coach, and railroad snakes 

I’ve danced behind this man in the stomp
dance circle.
Our feet beating rhythm together
Man, woman, boy, girl, sun, and moon jumper.

My man’s feet are the sure steps of a father
Looking after his sons, his daughters
For when he laughs he opens all the doors of our hearts
Even as he forgets to shut them when he leaves

And when he grieves for those he loves
He carves out valleys enough to hold everyones tears
With his feet, these feet
My man’s widely humble, ever steady, beautiful brown feet. 

—Poem excerpt from Joy Harjo, My Man’s Feet, An American Sunrise – Poems (2019)

I was reading this poetry book on my app and highlighted the parts I wanted to share but my Saturday was filled with washing and braiding my hair all day! (smile) In the spirit of Father’s Day 2020 when so much is rising up in our lives – memories both good and bad, healing that must be confronted- recognized, released and redeemed, historical legacies, family lineage, racial bias, and our deep commitment to persevere — to overcome, remain resilient, and victorious through it all.

Sharing some family photos of the father’s — dads, fathers, uncles, grandfathers, great-grandfathers:

Biological Father, Elliott Davis, Jr., and Stepfather, Kenny Smith Myers.

Grandpere Victorious Leon Giraud (Girault) and Grandma Louise Ford Giraud, 1950s.
Giraud (Girault) Family Photo; Uncle Rene and Uncle Vicky, Grandma Louise, and Grandpere Leon, Harlem, New York, 1950s.

Davis or Cutter ancestor, U.S. Army, Sylvania, Screven, Georgia.
Uncle Vicky, Victor Giraud, Texas, 1990s, Vietnam War Veteran, U.S. Army, 1970s.
Kenneth Smith (Myers) of Aiken South Carolina and Petersburg, Virginia with daughter G Smith, stationed in North Carolina (Marine Corps), 1974.
Abuelo Nelson y Abuela Nectar and Twins with Cousins, South Bronx, New York, 1990s.
Twins with Father, E. Agosto, Borikén (Taino) et Karukera (Kalinago/Caribe) bloodlines. 
Aunt Barbara (Tiye) and Grandpere Giraud, 1960s and 1970s, South Bronx, New York.

As we continue to awaken and rise on every level imaginable I salute, acknowledge, praise and send the most kind, loving energy to my Brothers, Fathers, Grandfathers, Uncles, Nephews, Cousins, and Friends! I love you and Thank You for all you do and for all your are…

I am here because of you and I am thankful for this continuum of life — song and spirit!

Daria aka Ria, during 2020 Covid Lockdown and Corona Rising (May, 2020).

Happy Father’s Day Family! ♥

In Love, Awakening and Healing,

Ria

Published by Ria SweetRaw

Hi I'm Daria Danielle also known as Ria Sweetraw | Artist | Designer | Writer | Student | Teacher | Traveler | Raw Foodie | Yogini | Loveologist | Creatress Alchemist

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