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The Fireborn Seed

“Wild fire area, N Hörken, Ljusnarsberg, Sweden. After the wild-fire new plants of Pinus sylvestris grows. First year only a few, but soon the surviving pines will put a lot of cones and seed the ground.” Taxelson, 2007 (Public Domain)

 

This poem is from my lyric essay on fire ecology: “The Pyriscent Seed: Trial by Fire.”

 

some seeds need spring rain

and some need summer sun

but then there are the kinds that need fire

like the evergreen pinecone

 

all through its dormant time it waits

all through the dark and gloom

this good seed waits for the time to be right

patient for its turn to bloom

 

then when it comes, how that fire burns

death and decay fall away

but the fireborn seed is now set free

and its life begins today

“Deepening the Wonder” ~ Hafiz

Deepening The Wonder
-A poem by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Death is a favor to us,
But our scales have lost their balance.

The impermanence of the body
Should give us great clarity,
Deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes

Of this mysterious existence we share
And are surely just traveling through.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
Hafiz would call for drinks

And as the Master poured, I would be reminded
That all I know of life and myself is that

We are just a midair flight of golden wine
Between His Pitcher and His Cup.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
I would buy freely for everyone in this world

Because our marriage with the Cruel Beauty
Of time and space cannot endure very long.

Death is a favor to us,
But our minds have lost their balance.

The miraculous existence and impermanence of
Form
Always makes the illumined ones
Laugh and sing.

Come to the Forest to Visit Me

“Westonbirt Arboretum – Avenue of trees” Stuz (CC A-S A 3.0)

 

Come to the forest to visit me

Down by the roots of a tree

Waste not your tears on cold stone graves

Water a flower for me

 

Give me to the earth when my winter comes

Bury me deep in the ground

Mark not my place with statues or caves

Find me where life can be found

 

Come to the woods when autumn leaves turn

Golden and copper and red

Rustle up memories, seeds of joy stored

Kick up the leaves in my stead

 

Visit a garden on warm, summer days

Keep company with blossoms and bees

Remember my heart blooms forever in yours

Take comfort from shushing shade trees

 

Let springtime surround you with life and the living

Birdsong and budding green leaves

Look up at the sky, give thanks for sun and rain

When you think of me, smile more than grieve

 

Come to the forest to visit me

Down by the roots of a tree

Live every day that is given to you

Water a new flower for me

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