Archive for May, 2010

May 7, 2010

terroir

The soft brush of the robes that swirled at his ankles as they passed over me was rapture. He bent down close, and I offered no resistance. Bare feet and rough hands touched me deeply, digging, reaching into me. I am crushed, freed, by the gentle fingers. Raising me to meet his lips, he tastes my depths.

I remember little before the first roots snaked their way through me. My dark, unyielding mass fractured until I became open and alive. When the roots moved through me, I was forever changed. As the vines met the sun, the roots climbed deeper still, reaching for the dark, wet layers of time, breathing in new life.

Now I connect with other masses, minerals. Large and small beasts feed me, burrowing into me, making me their home, and then, dying into me. My rapture deepens. Seasons bring warm sun, cool moon, powerful winds, exquisite rains. Fruit blooms, ripens. Falling from the vine it returns to me, tasting like me, like every part of me. The seed alone is left to create anew. Create, ripen, harvest, rest, and again. I am complete.

The monks come no more. There are no swirling robes to caress me, but hard, fast metal. No fingers reach into me, touching me, tasting me. Now, many hard boots walk over me, many fast hands pick the fruit.

And yet I wait for the warm caress of soft robes, gentle hands, bare feet.

May 7, 2010

thoughts for a wedding

Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante, no hay camino,
sino estelas en la mar.

Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and upon glancing behind
one sees the path
that never will be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road–
Only wakes upon the sea.
-Antonio Machado