Thanks to the Givers


A heartfelt bow to you, our kin
of fur and feathers,
you bearers of witness
to Spirit
in four-legged
winged
scaled
and creepy-crawling forms,
a bow to you,
unrecognized siblings
blindly harvested
as resources
exterminated
|as pests
shared sentience
denied….

A profound bow also
to you, our ancestors,
your great green
whispering nation
that gives away unheard,
unrecognized –
toppled in forests
or in swathes in the fields…

But if nascent ecosystems
rooted in dead green-brown
of death and excrement
dancing with microbes,
fungi,
worms,
bugs,
trap rushing rainwater,
summon soil-amending weeds
and fertilizing furred and winged ones
to turn once-arid wastes
lush and alive –
Earth herself self-repairing
self-perpetuating
self-organizing
self-sustaining –

if trees speak to their huggers
and scream silently,
deafeningly
when dismembered –
if herbs whisper
healing secrets
and leaves of grass
inspire poets –

if bodhisattva beings
still
turn purposefully
full-front to greet
the faithful
shaman-hunter’s
arrow
(the hunter’s body
later feeding
tribes
of shining claws and teeth,
perhaps,
or creeping things
and rootlets
burrowing deep
among the bones) –

Then is the mystery-miracle
not Life
given up and given –
an encompassing dance
of giveaway –
not dominance or superiority
not toolmaking or speech
not mobility or stasis –
but morphic wisdom
ecosystem consciousness
and carbon-based compassion?

On this feast of thanks giving
better to acknowledge
all
the lives, the bodies that sustain
– and are sustained by  –
our own
(oxygen- or carbon-breathing)
better to see them
name them
honor them
better to hold sacred
both
the givers
and the Gift

November 2012

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2 responses to “Thanks to the Givers

  1. I hear the Earth speaking through you, dear Phila, one so awakened to the living Earth. A heartfelt bow to the givers and the gift. And to you!

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