Sunday, 24 of September of 2017

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Jenny McBride – Twig Stove

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Twig stove is a declaration
Of solidarity against the oil industry
And a lesson in solar power.
On vacation from the so-called civilized world
I cook my food
Over the twig fire
Which can be fanned with a D battery
Renewed by a solar charger.

The twigs, too, are solar powered
As even the towering grandmother of white pines
Feeds on the sun for enormity.
Deafening pagan choir of frogs
Raised on solar power,
Mergansers and their migration,
solar powered,
Me, the beavers, mammals everywhere
Feeding on the sun at one end or another
Even my carnivore cat
Likes his greens unprocessed sometimes.

All leaves changing color
All currents shifting
So down below the sun’s light
Life may know about solar power one day
All one through the sun.
I can’t say all life comes from the sun
But I will say much death comes from oil
Which comes after dark ages
Of not knowing the sun’s pulse.

Jenny McBride
July-August 2007 Earth First!


Mark Williams – Coyote and the Full Moon

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It was Coyote
I hadn’t seen him in awhile

Wearing his buckskins
Smokin’ a pipe

“Where’s your cee-gar?” I asked
“Lost it hitchikin’ near Bakersfield,” he said
“I expect I’ll find another”

“How you been?”
we asked each other
at the exact same time

“Well that’s
the $64 question” I said

It was nighttime
Getting cooler
and I’d been drawn out of the house
by the bonfire
Coyote-F1Coyote lit
in the middle
of my cul-de-sac

“The neighbors
will complain,” I said

“I sure hope so,” Coyote said
“and by the way,
sixty-four bucks
is too damn cheap”

“You should come here
and dance
It’s a full moon”

“I know,” I said.
“I just had an owl fly over my head.”

“You been listenin’
to your owls?” he asked, tearing down a picket fence
to feed the growing flames.

“Not as much
as I oughtta,” I confessed

“You know,” he said, watching the flames grow
“People think
I stole the secret of fire
so they could cook
food

“That ain’t it
at all
I mean, nothing against a bowl
of venison stew
in fact
everything
for it

“But really,
I stole fire
so people could stay warm
at night

“So they could stay
loose
and limber

“the same damn
coyotereasons
they should curl up

“With each other.
and I learned that,”
he added, ripping at some dried rose bushes
and putting them in
“Out on Highway 99
around the time
I lost my stogie”

“It’s a cold world, boy
Don’t stay in it
too long alone”

About that time
we heard the sirens

“Maybe we’d better go in,” I said

“What? And miss the dance?”

Mark Williams
November-December 2009 Earth First!


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