Desert of our own making.
Deserted by our own forsaking
of our places within the sacred hoop,
of the dancing that gives the skies tear-filled hope
for the possibility of Earth’s creatures’ beauty.
Desolation as far as the I can see,
deposed from our yearning to be free
by the learning that we have no homes
for which to be brave.
Slaves to a system
built on the illusion that anything can be owned.
Land, soil, oil, minds, bodies, bodies, bodies
these bodies that know only breathing and being,
planting and tending,
loving and dying.
Ripped up from roots like so much tender sapling,
told to wander the dry places seeking shelter,
from the elements that are not intended to be so harsh.
Thirsty for a rightness we hardly remember.
Seeking a garden whispered to our hearts
through the long ages of forgetting,
of traipsing over the sacred
and digging far too many unwishing wells.
We are spelled by the sins of our fathers,
with no comprehension of the legacy
that spurs us to strap our be-longings to our backs
and walk until these bodies give out.
In every direction seemingly endless brokenness,
Even the wildflowers choke on the dust of our forgetting
of the interdependence of life:
that caring for ourselves includes caring for each other.
And so I pray for rain.
Long for the smell of it reaching this dust over my faith
in the innate goodness of humanity.
I dream of dancing in verdant food forests.
A whole species remembering what it means to receive ripe fruit from trees
who are grateful that we wait beneath them with open palms.
Eating the corn cooked by happy people,
who never have to question where we will sleep that night.
I pray for rain,
as fields lie cracked and fallow,
as we no longer know who to follow,
as generation after generation loose our homes,
as we face the worst droughts in the history of our society.
I pray for rain,
to wash our hearts clean,
to wash clean the eyes of those who see only distortions of green,
to revive fecundity in these bodies, these lands,
to resurrect the garden of eden.
These tears, these tears, these tears
bring water to the desert,
But quickly it fades.
I cannot wail enough to make up for what has been lost, is being lost.
So I pray for rain,
that our children may know what it means to dance in joy again.