It’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?
what did you do
poem by Drew Dellinger
“Losing my Mother Words“
These words reached my ears and I was unable to process the meaning, my deep heart had no such trouble.
“I am Losing my Mother Words”
These words in response to a call from an adult son. This call to his mother an attempt to make sense of the myriad of events tearing humanity apart. He was looking perhaps for the ‘mother words’ of long ago, the ones that somehow put pieces back in some sort of order, that securely strapped you in even if it turned out to be a bumpy ride.
His question was one of bewilderment, how so many fail to see beauty, fail to choose peace over war and acceptance over hate.
I too am losing my ‘mother words’, my first reaction to this was deep sadness but soon realized that the ‘mother words’ of the present were now of no use to either myself or any intended recipients. They were slowly being unmade, new words were forming, sent from the Ancestors for Future Generations. Words of transition and transmutation.
The speaker described the beauty of apple blossoms in her garden and then the horror of bombs falling in another part of the world. What ‘mother words’ were being spoken by mothers and fathers huddled together holding children close as bombs exploded around them? What words will comfort in that reality?
Her next thought has haunted me…
“Perhaps it is not,
never has been,
Apple Blossoms and Bombs.”