Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

29 June 2011

Exploring the wonderful poetry of Mary Oliver

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in
the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter
how lonely,
the world offers itself
to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese,
harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing
your place
in the family of things.

-Mary Oliver

09 June 2011

The great Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Mary Oliver

06 June 2011

Winter wonderland

The route to work this winter's morn
Resembled the road to a terrestial Hades at dawn
Belching machines and bloodied skylines
Sidewalks paved with layers of grime.

More people arrive each day
Looking for the promise of a new tomorrow
They do not seem to notice the haze
Straight ahead they keep their gaze.

Outside my place of work
The encampment grows and grows
More people erect their cardboard rooms
I watch them bath under blankets as I arrive.

The smell is intense
Their desperation immense
I cannot avert my eyes
We exchange glances but that's all.

Chief Tshwane's domain, once pristine and free
Has become increasingly covered in tar and concrete
Geographically the world’s third-biggest metro
Pshychologically we become the rot in which we live.

I need to leave the city
To flee
To settle somewhere where there's still something worth defending
A wilderness worth fighting for.

Elephants make their own rules

Large roaming herds
Criss crossing the continents
Mammoths, mastodons, elephants
Moving through spacetime

Loving intensely and mourning their dead
Revisiting the graves time and time again
Crying sad tears for humanity. Lost.
Showing us the way, we miss the point.

Today they are boxed in. They resist.
There are few places left that welcome ellies
So they climb over zapping wires
Just to follow ancient instincts, and desires.

Great Mother elephant I salute you now.
I want to be like you. I will switch off the tv,
Follow your scent and become more like you.
Show me the way, my great Mother spirit.