changing minds through poetry
Le Guin reminds us what ecology has taught us, that our environments consist of a web of connections, of which we humans are one part.
'Descartes and the behaviourists wilfully saw dogs as machines, without feeling. Is seeing plants as without feelings a similar arrogance? ...
I guess I'm trying to subjectify the universe because look where objectifying it has gotten us? ...
Poetry is the human language that can try to say what a tree or a rock or a river is, that is, to speak humanly for it... by relating the quality of an individual human relationship to a thing, a rock or river or tree, or simply by describing the thing as truthfully as possible...'
In her poem The Salt Le Guin expresses the inseparable inter-relationship between humans and the natural world.
The salt in the small bowl looks up at me
with all its little glittering eyes and says:
I am the dry sea.
Your blood tastes of me.
Seeing human nature as part of a fragile ecosystem is also a recurrent theme in Michael Leunig's work.
Time says "Let there be"
every moment and instantly
there is space and the radiance
of each bright galaxy.
And eyes beholding radiance.
And the gnats' flickering dance.
And the seas' expanse.
And death, and chance.
Time makes room
for going and coming home
and in time's womb
begins all ending.
Time is being and being
time, it is all one thing,
the shining, the seeing,
the dark abounding.