Monday, 11 of December of 2017

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Sid Bridges – Born Of Myth

Tumbling out of the dawn
born into the warm cocoon
of myth and tribe
in a world of time circular
Seasons that have been
return again and again
Nature’s plants and creatures
die but are soon replaced
with like kind
Humankind lived within this dream
through millennia swaddled in
this cocoon of myth and of time
which never failed to return

Then of a sudden man and
woman were stripped naked of
nourishing myth and thrown
into a world where the arrow
of time had come to be
Time now was a straight line
with a long past, uncertain future
and infinitesimal present
Thrown into a world of specialists
but no wise men
into a mass society
without tribe or family
under fluorescent glare
in sweatshops or shoebox
workshop staring at the
dull glow of the computer
and believing nature is something
the Disney Company provides

and yet, and yet
the myth is still alive
over yonder hill and
in that grove of trees
or comes to you as you lie
in tall prairie grasses
or in the voice of coyote
yipping under a full moon
Man, Woman, Wake up!
this machine dream you’re living
is not a dream but a nightmare!
wake up and jump back into myth
and out of your technical tomb
and run howling naked
under the friendly glow
of the rising moon

Sid Bridges
March-April 2000 Earth First!

Sid Bridges – Diminishment of Stars and Me

As a boy we had kerosene lamps and lanterns
I would follow my dad along the meandering path
to the barn by the light of a swinging lantern

Nights were magic then with the vault of the
sky encrusted with thousands of stars
On hot summer nights we lay on quilts gazing at the star lit sky

In 1950 rural electricity came to
the Cherokee Strip and every house
got electricity and each farm had two yard lights

Every farmstead was lit up
If there was a purpose to yard lights
it was to sell more electricity. Progress?

The stars were blotted out
except for a few of the brightest
I don’t know when I started missing them

We huddle with artificial friends hiding from
the night bathed in ubiquitous electric light
cocooned in the glow of video screens

Moonlight and starlight became unimportant
to us in our technological distractions
unaware of the heat nightmare to come

Lately I went camping in the furthest reach of the panhandle
Stumbling out of the tent at night I was stunned
by the countless stars undiminished here

The universe is still alive and gleaming
It is us that are only half alive
existing in a circumscribed world of our own making

Sid Bridges
July-August 2007 Earth First!
Recording by DeaneTR and Evan Flory-Barnes

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