Dear Tabitha

Dear Tabitha,

I could not believe what I read, but there it was in black and white, right in front of me. I had to write you immediately, because like me, you share an undying curiosity in the world around you. I know what I read will intrigue you. Have you ever heard of the Georgia Guidestones?

The Georgia Guidestones are massive carved slabs placed outside of Atlanta, Georgia in 1980. I came across them while reading the book, “History Decoded,” by Brad Meltzer. You remember, I told you about the T.V. show. I was absolutely dumbfounded by what I had read.

The stone slabs are crafted to track astrological and solar cycles. It is like an American Stonehenge! The man who ordered them to be carved used the name R.C. Christian. He paid for the work to be done in cash. The only catch? He wanted to remain anonymous. I guess no one to this day knows who the man was.

Interestingly, the messages carved in the stones are in English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. There are ten lines of writing on each slab. You have to read from the bottom up or you will get stuck on the first one. Here are the first nine:

“Don’t be a cancer on the earth.”

“Seek harmony.”

“Balance personal rights with social duties.”

“Avoid petty laws.”

“Resolve international conflicts in a world court.”

“Protect people with fair laws.”

“Rule with reason.”

“Unite humanity with a new language.”

“Guide reproduction wisely.”

Number ten really made me gasp. It said, “Maintain humanity under 500 million in perpetual balance with nature.”

I had to read number ten a few times. What would we do with the almost 7 billion people in excess of that? Why were these stones with these directives placed there? Who came up with these directives? It all sounds kind of ominous to me.

The further I read in the chapter the more questions I had. One idea they came up with in the book was that the pseudonym, R. C. Christian is a direct reference to Christian Rosenkreutz and the Rosicrucians. We will have to find out more about them.

I am not sure about any of this. I will be glad when you get here next week so that we can tackle this puzzle face to face. I am excited about your visit. Be safe. I love you.

See you next week,

Love, Mom

This letter was part of Writing 101 wherein we were to pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What jumps out at you? Start there, and try a twist: write in the form of a letter.  The hyperlinks are provided for further research.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I enjoyed our visit.

Silver Threading

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger’s hexastich, Abhanga, and diatelle poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems,” and in various other online publications. She’s won many awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly 99-word flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com, an online writing community. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen has published a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Colleen Chesebro’s poetry blog is called Word Craft – Prose & Poetry at https://wordcraftpoetry.com/ Her author blog is found at https://colleenchesebro.com where you will find her poetry and short stories.

29 thoughts on “Dear Tabitha”

  1. Colleen, love your new header 🙂 You’ve done a make-over, it seems!

    And I never heard of these slabs. Fascinating AND disconcerting, for sure. My first thought for the mystery man’s name was: Roman Catholic Christian. Makes sense to me!

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  2. How interesting! Thanks fir posting this. Ummm ooops on the population side of things, where do we go with that! I like the uniting humanity with a new language. We do need to unite spiritually through love. We as humans must have lived like this once. Where do people think the word of God comes from, how did the men in the bible speak to God initially, how lost are we! X

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  3. Wow, I learned of something really cool today. I was wondering when it was built. Wikipedia says 1980. At this period, the world population was way above 500 million. Somebody must have thought it’d be fun and mysterious to do that or somebody was really crazy in the head. The guy must’ve been inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s short stories. I wonder if he did it after watching Space Oddysey, hehe.

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