When I was a girl, The Silent Spring was published, written by Rachel Carson,
who wove together her abilities ,
beautiful writing with an understanding of deep science,
She was single parent and attacked by the powerful and at the end, very ill
Yet, she woke up the world to an awareness that DDT was killing the birds
Hers was the first voice heard, we had no idea of remote consequences
Of poisons permeating delicate ecosystems.
Women became warriors, I saw it in my mother.
RC “The stream of time moves forward and mankind moves with it.
Our generation must come to terms with the environment.
We must face realities instead of taking refuge in ignorance and evasion of truth.
Ours is a grave and sobering responsibility, but it is also a shining opportunity.
We go out into a world where mankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery — not of nature, but of itself.
Therein lies our hope and our destiny.” EARTH DAY 2019
When my mother died she was whisked away in a black bag
within an hour of her death, taken by people we did not know.
She wanted her body to be given to Science ( whoever that is)
Years later, still stricken, my brother and I have a confusing relationship,
Could it be that this lack of ritual upon her death has severed us?
Big things happen so fast and become unconscious so quickly.
We hardly know the cause of our pain.
Didn’t Mary Magdalene freak out when the tomb was empty?
Oil and cardamom spice, flower petals and cornmeal.
Come June, the three of us , who shared womb space,
Will pile high upon a plate, our mother’s ashes,
Blessedly returned, thank goodness.
For we are in need of a time together
to just be with her and each other.
In a semi state of ever repeating karma
friendly and familiar, in a well knit cocoon, we drift
Like the matrix but the thing is…..
Right before it all begins again
We can choose our narrative
the sand in my mouth has become a pearl.
John told me about a TV show about a wealthy man
Who adopts six odd children with super powers
The children grow up, the man dies
And they need to find ways to work together
to save the world (of course)
Then John quietly added, “They have to try,
Like us, despite their dysfunction, they have to try”
Fists unfurled, we have to try.
The odds are great and ego( separated mind) is strong so just bring it along for the ride.
The sweater that was meant to keep me warm
is tattered, no longer functional, I shiver
Thoughts like missiles, hurl you away from me
I am causal and blind to it
Preferring my perfect incriminations,
Who doesn’t love being “right”
Useless pile of yarn, useless sacrifice
Maybe I can take up knitting
a woven pattern of darks and lights
unraveling what has been excluded.
Will you remind me if I forget?
We women ( and everyone) are handless in a new way
The men aren’t “taking care of us”, we make our own money.
But our hands hold a ghost, a phone
A screen, a scroll (as if we are “doing” something)
While our creativity waits, impatiently
For us to put down the devise, but do we?
Ghosts with no poems to our name, disappearing
Belittled, shrunken and denied
by the wizard of technology, the big kid on the block.
It’s a subtle form of diminishment, feminists unite!
In the tale of the Handless Maiden
The devil temps her father by mechanizing his mill for greater profits.
But you don’t get something for nothing
The devil gets the daughter’s hands( her creativity)
The feminine suffers ( but it has a happy ending)
Kitty o is super ill and headed into spirit
I contacted an animal intuitive
Who told me how much our cat has enjoyed her life
And isn’t that what we all want to hear,
That those in our care have had a good run, that we pulled it off,
She is an independent cat, we haven’t been coddlers
More like two old lady poets, watching the birds.
I am going to write about her life, the story of the owl and her courage during the flood
and read it to her while we share a meal, the ritual of love.