Fires, loss and thoughts from local poets

Remembering / Re Membering / Bringing back the whole from the broken pieces

“Do not forget that the ashes falling from the sky are all that remains of the pine and grass and thistle and bear and coyote and deer and mouse that could not escape. Gather some up in a sacred manner. Take it to your altar. Offer prayers for these beings. Honor their death. Pray for life. Call in rain. Remind Fire that it is full, has gobbled enough, and can rest. May all beings be safe. May all beings be loved. May all beings be remembered. May all beings be mourned.” – Sadee Whip

Just wanted to say
for anyone who’s listening
I will always love California
my home, land of fire and wind
of immigrants and refugees
of trees in the air and
love on its beaches
and when everyone else
abandons hope
I will remain
planting fruit trees
in the ashes

-Enosh Baker, farmer

We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual “autism.” – Thomas Berry