Hi, all–I’ve got a question to ask you guys, if you wouldn’t mind posting a response: how have you conversed with something bigger than yourself? Beal’s post talks about talking directly with a place. How have you done the same, and how might you further create communication?
Recently, I read poetry to my site. Close to sunset, I stood out in the dusk of the field and read a series of spoken word and Beat poems, all by female poets, to the site. Little by little, first one bird, then six flew up into the bare branches of a cottonwood tree. Three or four poems in, the birds were swooping and diving in unison down from the tree and back into it again. Mallard ducks quacked and flew so close to me while reading that I heard their wings beating a few feet above my head. Chains of geese honked overhead from the mountains dimming into far, vague blue distance as the sun dipped behind them and colored my page salmon pink, then gray, then gone. By the time I wrapped up, most of the bird cacophony was done, and I set off for home in left-over patches of snow chilly in the cold dip of the field. Even if all I did was contribute to the close-of-day noise, it felt right to do so with some old favorite poems and a few I’d never read before.
What are other ways to communicate? And what are some ways to perhaps use that as an empathizing or visualization tool to continue Morton’s Ecological Thought? Please humor me and see if we can build a chain.