Do not discount
what grows everywhere
independent of whether it is poisoned
or fed, pulled or not pulled
it keeps coming back
this underfoot awareness
of voices linking
in a murmuring chain
voices that feed each other,
a network slowly catching fire
at the soil level, where it is dry
a force to run away from
if you are in its way
who has fought a prairie fire
Grow those roots! I hope the call to take back spreads, but I wonder if enough visible harm happens such that people understand what is being pulled out from under them. Lets hope.
I do hope, I do…. And thanks!
I like the image of the prairie fire (for me, it is definitely a symbol of the sublime).
I think the reason that the Great Plains, deserts and the ocean appeal to me as much as they do is because of how much life they contain and how subtle they are to the imperial eye. So, I “dig” what you’re saying here very much. 🙂
🙂 Thanks, Jeremy–love the comment–the subtlety here I feel is indicative of its flexible permanence–something that will “grow back” regardless of what is done to it–even if it self-ignites or immolates. I think it is a both a destructive and purifying image, and also one of life, both old and new–and, yes, sublime.
I really liked how you ended this to
Thanks so much, Ian 🙂
warning is duly served! strong and the image of the prairie fire – just wnderful, no, awesome!
Thank you very much, Noel 🙂
Beautifully conveyed 🙂
Thanks! Appreciate the support 🙂
Nature does indeed rebirths itself out, not totally the same, but still in some shape or form, there’s a rebirth. There’s always lessons to be learned even from prairie fires. Thanks for this!
Thanks for the comment, Joe 🙂