And I would travel with you… Poem by Anita Barrows

[I have been inspired to craft some silliness recently. And there are still more bubbling up. Seems to be a good mental exercise for me. And yet, it is poems such as this that really speak to me to the courage of the incredibly open heart in the midst of so much suffering these days. We need the silliness. And we need the courage to walk through the sorrow. Silence helps. Bearing witness helps. May we all find this courage that she speaks of here in this poem. Note, I found this poem while reading through a summary of a workshop that Joanna Macy was giving at Findhorn recently. Her husband read the poem to the participants.]

Poem by Anita Barrows


And I would travel with you
to the places of our shame


The hills stripped of trees, the marshes grasses
oil-slicked, steeped in sewage;


The blackened shoreline, the chemical-poisoned water;


I would stand with you in the desolate places, the charred places,
soil where nothing will ever grow, pitted desert;


fields that burn slowly for months; roots of cholla & chaparrala

writhing with underground explosions


I would put my hand
there with yours, I would take your hand, I would walk with you


through carefully planted fields, rows of leafy vegetables
drifting with radioactive dust; through the dark
of uranium mines hidden in the sacred gold-red mountains;


I would listen with you in drafty hospital corridors
as the miner cried out in the first language


of pain; as he cried out
the forgotten names of his mother I would stand
next to you in the forest’s


final hour, in the wind
of helicopter blades, police


sirens shrieking, the delicate
tremor of light between


leaves for the last
time Oh I would touch with this love each


wounded place


About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-two years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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