“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ~ Gary Snyder
It is home.”
~ Gary Snyder
So says the bamboo-framed glass board in the bamboo-framed classroom. In blue ink.
The teacher in cargo shorts and light blue polo shirt. Who probably wrote it.
My mother’s voice through her uterine walls.
My Mother’s voice.
“… It is home.” In blue ink.
In blue vibrations of my amniotic sac.
The doctor-guest speaker, who carried a goodies-filled suitcase and didn’t want to be formal, sat with the six year-olds like a story-teller.
The intelligence of my half-grown peanut-sized brain to pick up my mother’s troubled sighs.
The incredible resilience of my fluid airbag.
The indomitable beating of my little heart.
Of my young thumb-sized heart.
Look across the room. If you can get to just one person. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
“… Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Joint little hands around the world.
Unconscious hopeful emotions.
Joint little fingers clenched around the placentaic sense of my mother’s love.
Unconscious of hopeful emotions.
Oohs. Claps. Thank yous and smiles.
Door-less bamboo-framed classrooms. Pathway made of rocks.
Uncompromised trees. Irrepressible scent of manure. Non-soundproofed chirping of insects. Uncovered eyes of earth mounds.
The universe has demanded my attention.
My hope-unconscious attention.
But I’m not ready.
When the universe has demanded my presence.
My slimy, umbilical cord-ed, half-conscious presence.
“… It is time.” In blue vibrations of where-has-it-gone?
My mother’s voice. Through the lit end of a vigorously dilating tunnel.
Suddenly a person.
Reporting for life duty.
By the intelligence of my upside-down fist-sized brain. The resilience of my mother’s strands of fibromuscular tubular tract. The indomitable beating of our hearts. Our young novice hearts.
Not ready. Readied.
… Earth mounds. Pathway made of rocks. A Bali starling bird.
Suddenly a wasp.
A mustard yellow-bottomed wasp. Heedfully passing – fly walking? (two unused legs, upright-posture floating)
– on an invisible crossroad.
An unspoken mutual conception.
Because, one civilization.
The freedom-aspiring Bali starling birds. The rescue-campaigning orangutans. The attorney-seeking tarsiers.
The trees, hacked bloodless at their legs. The ocean, overfed with over-processed leftover diet plan. The fungi, single-handedly healing in their first-aid camp.
The fetuses that grow behind uterine walls. The little people that grow with little knowns. The humans that grow a memory loss. Of their mothers. Of their Mother.
… The universe has demanded my attention.
My palm-sweating, stomach-queasy, helplessly-conscious attention.
Of no more ‘them-and-us‘s.
“…It is time.”
My Mother’s voice.
Through the intelligence of a pipe-dream whisperer doctor. The indomitable spirit of an eager 14-year-old boy. The indomitable springtime spirit of joint little hands around the world. The gut-wrenching resilience of the mercilessly defiled ground which they – we – are standing on.
Because of one person.
Because we are all that close.
We’ve forgotten we belong. To live for.
Suddenly one queasy-stomached, belly-twisted person,
With an intelligent cantaloupe-sized brain. The most resilient-bodied of a Mother. An indomitable beating heart. An indomitable newborn fighting heart,
Reporting for Life duty. Right here. At Home.
“The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”
~ John Muir
Written in response to WordPress Daily Prompt: Fight or Flight on November 26, 2012, a meeting with Dr. Alicia Kennedy from the Jane Goodall Institute Australia and Dr. Ating from Dr. Ating Foundation at Green School Bali on November 22, 2012, and the message of Jane Goodall on March, 2002.