Artichoke, Te Anau


(A Hymn to my mother, the Earth)



At the turn of the seasons when

Summer is tipping tenderly over into the arms of Autumn

And the air is awash with liquid, lustrous light,


goldglitter dreamspecks of divined, dancing dust hang,

joyous and suspended in the thrumming, threaded air

I will plant the soles of my feet

deep into the forest floor of my mother’s belly,

sense its gentle rise and fall

and feel down,down, down

to the soft, purple heart-river  pulse

of her winding womb beneath.

I will kneel naked and alone,

clothed only in sunshine and joy,

in a meandering, rambling meadow of wildflowers,

 of blue-grey daisies with petals outstretched,

suspended on impossible stalks of shimmering, see-through green.

of bright-cheeked, crimson poppies

embarrassed by their own wonder,

and sunflowers turning their faces to follow the yellow arc of the sun.

I will watch

bejewelled butterflies carve glittering trails in the air

and honeyed, hovering bees drink from beckoning, pouting pollenwells,

while tiny beetles in lacquered rainbow armour scuttle busily across my feet,

and sinuous, sectioned worms intertwine

 in lazy, writhing spirals beneath the crumbled earth.

I will listen

to the perfectly-pitched summer hum

of violin-strung insects,

and the abrupt ejaculations of exploding seed pods casting their future far and wide,

and  I will know

my mother’s abode abides.

 Tony Bridge

March 25, 2021


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