by Franklin Carmichael (1929)
“See, we are power.
They deal in violence and repression,
we are power.
We are a part of the natural world.
All of the things in the natural world
are a natural part of the creation
and feed off the energy of our sacred mother, Earth.
We are power.
But they have separated us
from our spiritual connection to the Earth,
so people feel powerless.
We look at the oppressor and we look at the enemy
because they have the most guns
and the most lies and the most money.
People start to feel powerless.
We are power, we are a natural part of the creation,
we were put here on the sacred mother Earth to serve a purpose.
And somewhere in the history of people
we’re forgetting what the purpose is.
The purpose is to honor the earth,
the purpose is to protect the earth,
the purpose is to live in balance with the earth,
the earth is our mother.
And we will never free ourselves as human people,
we will never free ourselves as sexual people,
we will never free ourselves
until we address the issue of how we live
in balance with the Earth.
Because all our resistance and all of our struggle is hollow,
it’s false, it’s another one of the oppressor’s hypocrisies.
If we do not look out for the welfare of the Earth first,
because I don’t care who it is,
any child who turns on their mother
is living in a terrible, terrible confusion.
The Earth is our mother, we must take care of the Earth.”
“When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open
spilling streams of molten ice to earth
and tell then how you drank
the holy wine of the honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother who never taught you
death was life’s reward –
but who believed in the earth and the sun
and a million, million light years of being.”
Image: Soil, Root and Fern
by Nancy Lankston