All Those Rivers

my feet find me here
on soil and dirt speaking some
long, unending drum
song sung before all
was lost to progress killing
the unfolding feel
of soul from earth revealing
love’s eternal work.

somehow the dance moves
me beyond the fall and fear,
bounty awaiting.
mind kneels to feel
and naked knowing births earth’s
song from depths ancient.

take me always back
to the animal and sage,
my feet drinking all
those rivers erupting earth’s
resonating love.

j. ruth kelly, 2014, all rights reserved
j. ruth kelly, 2014, all rights reserved

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4 thoughts on “All Those Rivers

  1. “The powerful attraction between the body and the earth offers sustenance and physical replenishment when it is consummated in contact. Although we’ve lately come to associate gravity with heaviness, and so to think of it as having a strictly downward vector, nonetheless something rises up into us from the solid earth whenever we’re in contact with it.” David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous

    “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Gibran Khalil Gibran

    “The Elephants Were Calling Last Night

    The Elephants were calling last night
    From the Rim of the mesa
    Into the valley of stones
    Their sounds shaking my windows
    And Crushing my heart

    A Giant Matriarch
    Standing on my chest
    With her great soft foot.
    Ear Wings beckoning me
    to follow Her
    To Follow Them

    To Migrate Back
    To leave tormented Earth
    And Cross the starry fields to
    Home.” Colleen Kelley

    How your words resonate, J. Ruth…

    1. What gorgeous poetry you’ve shared here… I love the Abrams quote! My feet feel the soaking up, currents humming when I walk around, barefoot. But especially when I just sit with feet flat on earth (if the ground is still wet with dew then it’s even more wonderful). In fact, I don’t think there’s any other way to walk on earth, most of the time. All the world is so busy with their goings on…neglecting this great bond…suffering bulimic consumerism in place of one of the most sustaining feasts eternal.

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