Nature must go

[thoughts from   ~burning woman~   by Sha’Tara]

By way of introduction, a telling quote:

“…   you can
drip with despair all afternoon and still,
on a green branch, its wings just lightly touched

by the passing foil of the water, the thrush,
puffing out its spotted breast, will sing
of the perfect, stone-hard beauty of everything.”

— Mary Oliver, “The Poet With His Face in His Hands,” New and Selected Poems, Vol. 2 (Beacon Press, April 15, 2007)

A brilliant observation, that. 

Nature doesn’t care how you feel, or what you’re personally going through. 

You cry, its song continues.

You lose, it neither wins nor loses. 

You twist your ankle on the tennis court, it flies above your head, laughing in the wind.  

You tear it out of your precious garden, it returns with a vengeance after the first rain of August. 

Your car breaks down on the side of the mad-rush freeway

(and although it’s quite OK that no passing human should care and offer to lend a helping hand – after all, you have your cell phone)

it is galling that a crow should laugh from a lamp post or that a red-tailed hawk should circle the open skies above and not even see you. 

Man, the penultimate narcissist can’t abide nature’s uncaring attitude. 

It’s fine for man not to give a damn about nature,

(to harness it, exploit it, torture it, kill it, consume it, whether for pleasure of profit)

but for nature to be so uncaring of man’s problems,

is not acceptable.

Something must be done.

There is but one solution:

if man is to truly rule,

nature must go. 

 

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19 thoughts on “Nature must go

  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Sha’Tara, I laughed out loud at your final verse 🙂 Indeed, Man’s self-delusional relationship with Nature has led us on a path towards widespread destruction of our natural world.

    With our oversized egos, we forget that Nature’s “fire and fury” rain down on the good and bad, rich and poor, white and non-white, master and servant, Christian and non-Christian, heterosexual and LGBT …

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  2. Woebegone but Hopeful

    “I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” – D. H. Lawrence.
    A fine poem Sha’Tara which sums up the foolishness of a large portion of Humanity. Our existence on this planet is conditional, and depends on our behaviour.
    Although a Christian I do not subscribe to the literal English word (after three translations, at Least); so I tend to look to the folk warning that the originators of the Flood wished to impart; ‘It’s not our world to fool with’
    Keep on keeping on.
    Roger

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  3. poeturja

    I remember an instructor in a lit class saying that only in American Lit (as opposed to British, Russian, etc.) do we find the “American Adam.” Essentially, that means we believe in conquering Nature while other countries have come to terms and like working with Nature. It’s a very broad generalization, especially since we were studying mostly male writers, but just thought I’d mention it. Great post, Sha’Tara!

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  4. Lisa R. Palmer

    Or man must go “natur”al… either way, it works. Lol!

    Besides, who says nature doesn’t care? The crow was no doubt trying to keep you company while you waited for help, and the hawk was waiting to clean up after you, if help never arrived. Such is the way of things… 😀

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      A red tailed hawk clean up? Hm. A vulture (or a dozen of so of ’em circling overhead) sure, but the red tailed is more interested in mice and the odd careless sparrow. As for man going “natur’al” – hard to imagine 7.5 billions of the critters oozing out of their cities to scratch a living “hunting and gathering” or even growing vegetable. 🙂

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      1. Sha'Tara Post author

        That’s supposed to be “vegetables” as in plural, but is it that important? Well, maybe. After all, that’d be some vegetable that could feed 7.5 billion Earthians. A carrot? A cabbage? I got it: a kohlrabi (not to be confused with a cold rabbit).

      2. Lisa R. Palmer

        True, and I considered all that. But if the hawk is there to hunt the scavengers, and the principle of adapt or die is applied, then both statements can remain standing. It’s a stretch, I know, but the “circling” bird and the laughing crow sent me down the rabbit hole again… lol!

      3. Sha'Tara Post author

        Funny how the mind works, and how some thoughts just naturally string themselves along as if they were of themselves looking for something “else” in the tapestry. I’ve been told that a kohlrabi, if left in the garden too long, will continue to expand, hollowing itself inside… and there’s your “cold rabbit” hole, LOL. Too funny!

  5. Sha'Tara Post author

    Thank you. Yes it is a “dangerous” generalization since we can all now see how technology has turned everybody into an “Adam” – most without even being aware of it. The “debacle” of populations from the land to the cities demonstrates how “man” prefers his own artificial life-style to the different kind of uncomfort found in living with nature and surviving using one’s natural senses.

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  6. gserpent

    Why would nature want to come help us if we are just going to shoot it and hang it on our wall as a trophy? A bird will go and sit on the head of a horse out in the field, a creature 5 times the size of a human. Nature knows we don’t belong here. 😉

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Great comment. Why the screaming fact that “man” as a species is alien to earth isn’t automatically known to every person is beyond me. There is nothing about “us” that links us to earth’s ecology. Even in the physical, we stand outside and naked. What’s more, and really pathetic, is that we do everything in our destructive power to NOT adapt to the earth. Our programming runs against all common sense evidence, and we continue to destroy this world as if we were designed specifically to destroy it, or at least to “mine” it to the last extractable bit of resource, and when that is done, to turn upon one another and suck out each others’ life.

      When I hover near despair in my mind that the pattern will never change until “man” destroys everything, and himself, I return to that wonderful vision I had years ago that told me the pattern will eventually break – not that man will adapt to earth, that is impossible – but that the species will crack its program and realize it does not belong here, then begin making plans to leave this world – lock, stock and barrel, literally taking its cities out into space. What is unthinkable now becomes reality in a thousand years. I have this dream at least, that there is something incredible, wonderful, amazing and exciting ahead of us, but we must first purge ourselves of our controlling destructive Matrix.

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  7. Mary Brearley

    Nature will always win, I think – in the end. When we’re gone, it will grow over us.

    I live in Cornwall off the beaten track down what we call the lanes. I’m telling you, if the farmers found some excuse not to cut the hedges back, they would grow across the lanes in two years flat. Nature always takes it back.

    Very thought provoking post!

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks Mary. What you write about hedgerows and hedges is quite true, at least in the northern climes of this world. In desert countries it would be the sand that would cover man’s proudest creations.

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