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
They move on two legs but they don’t move like me
I blow in and outta of time
and take with me every baby’s cry liquid orgasmic howl the inconsolable wail of their mourners the speeches of their primp’d and mirror-struck leaders the footfalls of their ceaseless armies
and, too, the things they can’t shake off: the memory of a Wednesday afternoon in September that will never come again
I mix these things with pollen and bee music the flight-deck wisdom of birds rusted leaves seeds and spores
I fan flames
I cool desire
in the right mood I uproot neighborhoods blow neon signs on beachfront bars and knock pricey seashore condos back down among the sharks
and I am left to glide and jitter over the ruins of every empire the Two Legs thought would last a thousand years or more
I carry the residue of volcano asteroid and atom bomb
and someday, too, the last wolf song the one last flap of wing
and on the solar giant’s last hot exhalation
I will breathe myself out into space
giving final voice to every bug buzz and bit of bramble music
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