Sign at the Children’s March, and a Poem

March 15, 2019


Read this at my Dad’s funeral.

Father Earth: Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes,
author of Women Who Run with Wolves

There’s a two-million year old man
No one knows.
They cut into his rivers
Peeled wide pieces of hide
From his legs
Left scorch marks
On his buttocks.
He did not cry out.
No matter what they did, he held firm.
Now he raises his stabbed hands
and whispers that we can heal him yet.
We begin with bandages,
The rolls of gauze,
The unguents, the gut,
The needle, the grafts.
We slowly, carefully turn his body
Face up,
And under him,
His lifelong lover, the old woman,
Is perfect and unmarked
He has laid upon
His two-million year old woman
All this time, protecting her
With his old back, his old scarred back.
And the soil beneath her
Is black with her tears.

11 Responses to “Sign at the Children’s March, and a Poem”

  1. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    The school strikes against AGW inaction were massively attended all around Australia. Heavy adult support, stayed back and left it for the youth, I was a bit late. Teachers federation supported the strike, not unexpected and excellent. Prime Minister and many politicians ( right wing ) were condemning. The kids signs tended towards brilliant like the one above. Heavy on WHO needs an education, as in ignorant, at best, polies or protesters. Unfortunately, on multiple levels, the NZ mass shooting monopolized the news. Social media covered the strikes, prioritizing pet agendas to some extent, The kids main thrust was LACK OF A FUTURE DUE TO LACK OF ACTION. Most excellent!

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    Scientists were warning about fossil fuels and the risks of climate change when today’s leaders were Greta Thunberg’s age. When she’s their age, what will her world look like?

    School Strike for Climate Infographic: What Today’s Kids Face If World Leaders Delay Action

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I did like the sign that said

    It’s not the HEAT, it’s the STUPIDITY

  4. jimbills Says:

    Hi Peter. My condolences about your dad, and that is a beautiful poem. I know you are referencing your mom there as well. What a super impressive family you have in regards to the environment. Thanks for being one of the good guys in this world and trying.

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