I mark my dreams
in times like these
while bush fires rage across the world
and rivers break their banks at home

In sleep I fly with flocks of crows
and run with wolves across great plains
I swim upstream with silver salmon
and turn the soil with worms


Dream maker, wind howler
My feathers fly in the eye of the storm
and bits of bricks and mortar sail around me

Dream maker, fire blazer
My nose twitches to the acrid smoke of burning trees
and my fur is singed by scorching flames

Dream maker, water gusher
My fins and tail battle swift currents
and I dodge debris that flows around me

Dream maker, earth shaker
My body vibrates to the hum of mycelial messages
and the rumble of restless rock below me


In the morning I wake to wonder
who am I to dream of the world’s unraveling?


Image: Coyote Woman by Terri Windling (do not reproduce without permission.)

*The anima mundi is Latin for the world soul — the intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet, which relates to the world in much the same way as the soul is connected to the human body. (Wikipedia)

The philosopher Plato wrote that “this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence … a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.