Soil Care Poems
tales of the territory.
Fabulations of place.
An eco-systemic inquiry.
Interconnected multifaceted being.
A place of rootedness and belonging.
Complex and multi-layered.
A skin we live on.
A home to many life forms and multitudes of species co-existing in its depths
in known and unknown ways.
A tender surface layered with time, histories, treasures, potentialities.
A site of regeneration and primordial silence,
where the cycles of nutrients care for life to compost, transform, renew and flourish.
Soil. Earth. Ground. Home?
Soot. Dirt. Loam. Grave?
Sand. Stilt. Clay. Dust?
Each time a new taste in my mouth.
As I try to find a word for Being in Relation.
opening spaces in-between cultural expectations.
What we shape
and are shaped by.
The gift of connection
Whispers of the land
Reciprocal ways of being -
Testimonies of interconnectedness.
The book of soil -
Your words come from different times;
I will join one of your chapters, as long as the writing goes on.
In the darkness of your plurivocal story
There is someone who remembers across generations.
A tiny seed is asleep.
A lively conversation in the shade of banana leaves.
Jícama, mucuna and chili wait impatiently
For the three sisters to welcome them into their circle.
Milpa in becoming.
Another raven comes down for an unexpected feast.
The spring joy of invisible connections torn by the steel plow.
I turn away, not to look at the stripped body losing its strength.
Nurturing a sense of place
Above and under
The joy of being with the wild things,
An interspecies community of Earth Beings.