Incantation for the Planthroposcene

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.

May these words bring truth
and healing through open hands and hearts. 
And then, let it flow back into our Mother Earth
for the love of all her beings.

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

6 Comments

  1. Thank you Diane. This is a very powerful poem that connected me with the concept of reciprocity differently than I have experienced it before, “breathe in their gift of oxygen; and breathe back your gift of carbon dioxide”. It is in our very being to be in right relationship with plant life.

  2. Diane, thank you, this poem is a breath of fresh air, a possibility of what can be, a new way of being with and in our beloved natural world. Especially poignant to read on this the day of the US inauguration. Let’s feel these renewing currents of pure, clean air blowing freedom, equality, justice, harmony and love into our hearts and minds. May all beings be happy and free.

    1. Thank you Nancy. . . I will be forever grateful to you for sharing your beautiful view of the earth’s seasonal breathing cycle. . . that concept is here in this poem also.

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