may we all be heard
words are bells
let them ring!

Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Monday, March 26, 2012

RESPECT &REVERENCE(2 elder languages)

Before we were here(and afterwards
there will be living consciousness
Vibrancy of birds,bees,beasts
within a context of earth,plants,shrubs,trees
Pre-lawn,pre-golf course-a wild willing wood
that grew quite naturally,and died in drought
or flame of fire,or quite naturally expired in time
We came and saw only resource-wood for fences
houses,homes and furniture.We chopped,cleared,bulldozed,mulched
and made less of what was once more.We lack respect for living things-
for what we call weeds .We blame Cedar Fever on the Junipers.
We make industries of logging,supplant multi-species
with single growth pine newspaper plantations(where no bird sings
Our elders may outlast us-or we may use them to death/
making them agents of our power/saddling them with our debt.
Air is not free.Trees work hard to photosynthesize carbon dioxide.
Water is not free.Every nursery knows-trees are not free.
We need to pay rent of respect and reverence to our elders...

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