The brave inhalation of snow-cooled air. Congregation in the stillness. Moisture at the surface of things. Winter as moonlit giantess. Winter as reminder of our resilience. Winter as reminder of our fragility. The world reflected.
Crow Midwifed Me
Liminal wanders. Fogscapes. The psychotropic power of weather. Non-human prophets.
The Walls We Build
Blindfolding to uncertainty. What do walls contain? What do walls interrupt? What do walls exclude? What is the cost of our separation from all other earth bodies? What happens to the walls we build after our flesh returns to the body of the earth? Of whom are our walls made?
First Salmon Feast
Salmon as blood, connecting, through vasculature, the forest to the sea. Human wisdom traditions that have discovered that all resources are our kin, that have discovered through generational trial and error the practices of proper care for place, that have told many stories for so long that cycles have emerged into our animal awareness. Ceremony as a survival strategy. Stewardship as a precursor to abundance.
Come for a Visit and I Will Tell You of Your People When They Were Very Small
What a sea turtle remembers of a human animal. What a sea turtle misses about my ancestors. Chelonia mydas. Human culture as an obstacle to survival, as a force of ecological undoing. Human culture as part of an intact ecosystem.
Hawk Needs Rain to Thaw the Earth Same Time as Last Spring
The desyncopation, the separation, of the dancers from their generations-long dance. The breakdown of planetary rules and metrics. Solastalgia.
Changing currents. Learning through the eyes of other. Mourning at the feet of the sea guardians. The oldest fertility rites. Cobalt-blooded ancients, enduring. Shifting baselines. Sensory immersion. Still mind. Surrender.
I Midwifed Crow
A crow with a broken wing, dying on her chest. A vision of ridgetop rowan blooming against the milky way. Thresholds.
Limestone as vault. Subterranean rivers echoing in karst land. Memory of ancient seas, legible to those who would drop beneath to world to read rock.
She Swam Seeking Shelter from Submarine Din, Saving Her Song for the Silence
The crowding of the ocean soundscape. The need for space between notes. The privilege of pause. Sound as afterthought. Song as cultural recordkeeping. Song as community glue. Humans heeding a beckoning to attention, to advocacy. Curiosity and care as a response to otherness, to difference. Interspecies communication.
Prophet from Ginnungagap
Ornithomancy. Migratory animals as truthtellers, soothsayers, mystics. The return to the void, to chaos, from which all was born. A return to the raw material of the universe. Entropy. Dreamtime. Reckoning.