Tuesday, 9 of February of 2016

Janet Lowe – A Conversation With Edward Abbey


61trnxjck0lI heard about your death
and thought you’d be pleased to know
the news passed from hiker to hiker
at the bottom of the world
with the roar of Hermit Rapids
(a suitable dirge)
in our ears
and the foaming brown Colorado
numbing our blistered feet.
You would have liked it too,
I suppose,
that on the way down
the canyon threatened
to consume me,
swallow me into its bedrock
first at Supai
Ed2then Red Rock,
Blue Angel,
and finally even at
the Vishnu Schist,
but, I think, you’d also like
how I fought back, Abbey,
in spite of unmistakable
profanities hurled at the earth and tears which evaporated
before they reached the ground.
And you would have answered
my repeated question:
How in the hell am I ever going to get out of here?
quite simply.
Don’t, you’d say.

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Mary de La Valette – Entering Nature


Yes, there is beauty
Enormity of beauty and truth.
But there is immense pain and suffering.
The wind and the clouds
And the rain
Bring messages, you know.
My trees know about
The Damming of the Great Rivers
The Killing of the Great Whales
They know about the death
Of seven elephants in India
Hit by a train.
They know about the lynx
Caught in a snare
A mile from here.
The weight of their suffering
Is intense, palpable, silent.
And they know
Who is the enemy
Mary de La Valette
October 2010

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