Hot or not, it is still summer, and the adapted life of the desert is responding. The giant saguaros produce a crown of beautiful white flowers which quickly become sweet purple fruits (native people make wine and preserves from them) full of birds tearing at them. The desert doves make their mournful call, but actually it's a mating call. The veneer of greenery in the desert dies back, waiting for the monsoons to come in July, when suddenly, , the vast storms roll in every afternoon, thunder and lightning, pour down floods that disappear within an hour or two...............and almost overnight the desert greens with seeds that have been dormant all year, waiting for this time.
I had that same experience with "fairy circles", also in New York. We lived on 40 acres, and I remember, being very involved in Pagan spirituality, I was eager for "signs" in the fields of Devas. I left offerings, I talked to the trees. And sure enough, there were a number of times when I would take a walk and see grasses grow up in pretty clear circles. Fantasy on my part? Maybe, but other people saw the "circles". I like to think the fey folk were saying hello.
|Mushroom Fairy Circle (not my picture)|
|Night Blooming Cereus|
I think, every single day now, about what happened last summer when I was visited by the spirit of an African Songhai shaman - I think about the call he left me with to "revive Yemeja". Yemeja has been called the "Mother of the World"........ as an artist, as I keep saying to myself and to the other artists in my network, we need to take seriously our job, our unique power to "re-myth culture". As the New Stories Foundation points out, so much of what happens in the life of humanity has to do with the stories we tell about the world and ourselves. We need stories about the Great Mother, the Goddess with a Thousand Faces. If I can help in this endeavor, I will. So, I'll just keep on keeping on, and see what seeds get planted now in the quiet time..................
|Found Poetry:"The Barbed Heart Finds Refuge Among the Palos Verde Forest"|