Listen

Cherish the circle song of the green and growing ones
and let their rhythm re-entrance your dreaming.
Remember it was they who taught you
to smell and to taste
and to see the beauty in colour and form.

Understand, it was the photosynthetic ones
who first terraformed this world.
They were the ones who arranged and rearranged
the elements of air and fire and water and earth;
and still they weave their verdant notes together
in a never-ending spiraled symphony of
beginnings in endings and endings in beginnings.

And while you drift in deepest dreaming,
breathe in their gift of oxygen;
and breathe back your gift of carbon dioxide.
Let this rhythm flow between you,
and together you will conjure
the world we all need the most.

A world of rippling plains and grasslands
blown by fresh, oxygen-rich air that
rounds and surrounds the planet.

A world of shimmering fields and meadows
warmed by bright sunlight that
cycles in ever-changing seasons.

A world of abundant wetlands
where pure and gentle rain
sinks deep in underground aquifers.

A world of new and old growth forests
where moist and fertile soil
is composed and decomposed
and fed by fungi.

Cherish the circle song of the green and growing ones.
and let their rhythm re-entrance your dreaming.
For you too, can sing in resonance
with light and colour and shape.

Link back to Sleep Spells Poems for Dreaming.

Notes:

This poem owes itself to the work of Canadian anthropologist Natasha Myers who in this interview with Andrés Lomeña tells us that “the Anthropocene as a concept identifies the power people have in the unmaking of the world. The Planthroposcene, on the other hand, is aspirational: it invites speculation about what would change if people recognized the more-than-human agencies all around us who do know how to grow livable worlds. . . Planthroposcenes invite us to imagine what life would be like if people’s primary responsibility were to support plant growth everywhere, as a means to ensure that everyone, human and non, thrives.”

Here is a beautiful meditation by Natasha Myers that will bring you into the Planthroposcene

Photo: Grape ivy in the sky by Diane Perazzo 2012

Opening music to voice recording: Tale from Black by Tunng