( I call this native grass Grandmother’s Hair)
is the shadow
of being unloved,
strung out on need.
slamming into reverse
actions that would
create new intentions
Shame blots out
snapping the thread
restores it to life.
This morning while walking through the Bosque marveling over the sight of bare trees against a pale pink sky, I heard the brrring of crane presence.
Offering up the dream that had so distressed me, I received an instantaneous response from the ground beneath my feet.
“Look at us! We are all dependent upon each other,” the grasses murmured.
More cranes flew by.
The shadow of undeserved shame vanished – it’s illusion shattered.
I walked on…
Richard Powers, the author of The Overstory believes that humans need to cultivate a “plant consciousness”, that is, an awareness that cultivates the reality that all species including humans are interdependent. Trees, for example provide us with the oxygen we need to breathe, offer their offspring and other trees minerals and water so that they thrive; Deciduous trees send evergreens extra carbon during summer reversing the process in the fall. Trees and plants have thrived for 400 million years because they are connected by underground networks that support one another in times of need.
Humans seek commodities instead of cultivating genuine relationships; this universal greed and indifference has brought us to the edge of human extinction, and still we do not see.