Peeking from behind the trees
Backs to the land of real magic
Where languages between species and lines between worlds
Where dreams and imagination are inseparable from what we
They told us it would be hard
when we stepped from the naked grass
Into the shoes whose soulless rubber soles
Protect us from the poison our people have spilled
You’d think it was an accident.
That they wedged a sensory mile of a middle finger
Between me and home
I cry at the thought of it
That with each footstep
I could be blowing kisses to the land
But coming back means sacrificing such an enticing love affair
So that I may look similar enough to the rest
To do my work in the world
OH! The horror at what is lost
in a soulless sole
Because it is not just my butterfly feet and crow claws
That are lost
Oh! The horror at what is lost
When we sterilize our skin in dead water
In place of the holy baptism
Of living water that tumbles and sings down mountains
And is pulled and rocked to sleep and life
By grandmother moon herself
What an honor!
What a horror.
To step out from behind the trees
Into clothes that are too tight
So that I cannot see my own nipples
Responding to the tickling wind
The cold and sunshine
So tight that I cannot feel the desperate hunger
of mosquitos that beg for blood
Because now my blood is burning too hot to feed an insect
Too hot to stay behind the trees
Too hot to bathe in creeks icy from the snowmelt
Too hot to gaze timelessly at the games played
Between flower and bee, doe and stag.
In these clothes, I am hungry.
For the land that speaks to me
Where days without food are nothing
Compared to years without soul
And the lives lived through the window of someone else’s car
Lived through the screen where we sacrifice connection to people
For connection to wifi
Trade social support systems
For social networks
We trade mud between toes
For tar in every crack
Even the crack between our eyelids that are sealed shut
After sleeping for so long that Prince Charming may try his best
But this one needs stronger medicine.
Butterfly kisses to the earth are not potent enough anymore.
So grow your own medicine.
Grow your claws, teeth, beaks and talons
Grow your thorns and stingers
Shoot your arrows
Wake up! Wake up!
Run through the patch of brambles barefooted
Jump into the icy lake naked
Let the bugs bite.
Dissolve the cement that seals your eyes
Flush out the sand dumped into them
By those who didn’t realize
that they weren’t sprinkling fairy dust in a nursery rhyme anymore.
Cry until your eyes fall out of your head
So that your body deflates and falls onto the floor like a limp balloon
So soul can fly out
Blinking and stretching
And reaping havoc upon the house.
So that your tears can be pulled by the moon, too.
Pulled from your beautiful face
And into the fertile soil that has been waiting for its whole life
For the gift of your grief
To water the seeds of your new life, a new world
Where I don’t have to hide behind trees.
Where you don’t have to hide behind screens
Where you don’t have to wish you could be like a bird
Or the wild girl who scares you witless
Because you can be one, too.
So stop wishing!
Don’t look longingly for another moment
You think it is flattering
But it is offensive
To the wild essence that wishes to be freed from your body, too.
The twisting, meandering, terrifying and beautiful
Elegantly messy and free
That moves through landscapes of taboo and pleasure and pain
Let her eat you from the inside
Feasting on all that died within you long ago
Because we know but a single grain of sand
On a planet of beaches
Stop fighting it, please, I beg you!
Stop plugging holes with your poor choices
Like bubble gum in the crack of a dam
Don’t kill the weeds
Be the weeds
Be the bird who flies into the house uninvited
Causing a ruckus
Building a nest in your mother's hair
Filling it with spit and twigs
Maybe if you lay eggs,
She will care to keep her head steady enough
To watch the seedlings hatch.