Archive for the ‘Nature Poetry’ Category

A Relation's Death

Monday, August 10th, 2009

What is the sound of a tree dying?

Men’s voices shouting over Wednesday morning chainsaws. The terrible thuds as severed limbs crash to the ground. The chipper grinding flesh and bone to mulch. Rakes collecting up bits of flesh.

More men’s voices, just before the trucks pull away with the body – cut and chopped and ground into pieces, leaving just an open wound in the Earth’s skin and a few scattered fragments of tree flesh where once stood a magnificent oak.

And the heart-aching onlookers who came too late to prevent their relation’s untimely death.  They who gather in a circle over the wounded Earth hug and console each other.  Through the tears a groundswell arises.  The tree’s spirit speaks through their hearts and they know what to do.  They gather up the fallen acorns and begin to plant.

patty love
Copyright 2009

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Suckling The Mother

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Like a babe I suckle at the nipple of Mother Earth
instinctively rooting for Her fleshy mound,
seeking the sustenance of Her liquid energy.

I drink with my toes
digging them into the pebbles of the riverbed or the sand of the sea bottom.
Through my feet Her life force flows into me, through me,
filling me with life; replenishing my soul.

Time suckling passes too quickly.
Unlike a babe, it is I who must tear myself away from this Mother’s bosom to return “home”.

Still thirsting, I am insatiable, aching for more.
My Earth Child Self yearns instead to sleep here at Her breast,
not to get on my bike and return to the hard, dry crust of my blacktop suburb.

patty love
Copyright 2009

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