The Land of the Birds

The grass dances underneath my toes, around my ankles.

Carried by the wind my hair creates a halo

Around my closed eyes and lips as the wind whispers to me

A song sung by the trees and flowers.

I am alone in a green meadow, palms upward, face to the sun overhead

 

And I think that maybe this is what it means to be free

In nature, to be empty and receptive to the elements you cannot control.

I breath in the flowered air and for a second all the thoughts go away,

And I am left with only the voices of the birds, listening to them,

Wanting to join them as they fly away over the mountains.

 

Oh how freeing it must be to be a bird.

Given wings I would spread them and leave behind all destruction in my wake.

I would let my feathers guide me over lakes and rivers and streams,

I would soar with the eagles and cross every mountain ridge I pleased.

I would wake every morning and fly far, far away to a place filled with the music of the birds.birdpoem

Skepticism Towards Technology

The fourth characteristic of ecopoetry is skepticism towards technology. Immediately this made me think of one of the fundamental beliefs of transcendentalism: skepticism towards institutions (schools, work places, etc.). I think an interesting connection can very easily be made between the beliefs of ecopoetry and transcendentalism. Both are heavily concerned with the power of nature and both call people to be cautious of man-made inventions, such as technology.

Today when Meredith Davies Hadaway was addressing this topic, she made an interesting point. She pointed out that while technology does indeed connect us all globally, many times it disconnects us from the very moment. I believe this simple disconnection can greatly affect our relationship with nature and how we view/treat it. Being aware of the fourth characteristic of ecopoetry will, I believe, help us reign in our focus once again and pay attention to our current relationship with nature and what needs to change.