asthenosphere (quickening)

we need to pay attention.
so much happens
six miles beneath
our houses
fragile as eggs
with thin shells
balanced on
a teetering shelf

nothing is certain.
even toads know
where we stand
is not solid

amphibians taste the shudder
of tectonic plates
on their skin, the stress
& fracture of deep rock
before it slips across
crystal heated under pressure

snakes leave their holes
in winter & fish rise
days before the hard break
& visceral grind of stone meeting stone;
they are intimate
& close to internal shifts

sensing quickening
the way a mother knows
butterfly dancing
under her navel
before any kicking can be felt
on her skin

there is life
there are movements
as subtle

on our long legs
with heads balanced
on these necks,
our ears tuned to the air
not pressed to the soil, listening

we need needles
jumping across paper
to tell us
what fish already know.

we need to listen deeper.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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14 Responses to asthenosphere (quickening)

  1. One message – abandon the attitude to domesticate, colonise and exploit the earth; rather learn to listen to her, to feel her and to respect her – we will be happier if we did

  2. davidtrudel says:

    Sterile lives for nearly all
    No dirt unswept
    In our tidy boxes
    We fight incursions of reality
    Close our senses to truth
    Unless it’s filtered through
    Official sources
    That outfox us

  3. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I really like this very much, especially the way you conclude it.

    I appreciate how you bring pregnancy into this and merge the knowledge a woman has with the knowledge other animals know, sensing things that we men (mostly, but not exclusively) so often miss.

    • Oh–wow, I never even thought about that as I wrote it. Kind of a reversal of the usual blah, blah stuff of–women are more connected to nature and therefore inferior/less cerebral than men, etc.–that has been out there for centuries in our western perspective. Thanks for liking this.

  4. mimijk says:

    Would that we would treat the mysteries of the earth with the same awe and reverence with which we treat our bodies as they transform and hold new life..

  5. penetrating sadness~xo

  6. Bruce Ruston says:

    intriguing write were a bit more stable over here

  7. The earth and the ground on which we walk is sinking sand! Deep and insightful poem.

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