Earth Relationships

Being from the surges of the earth


I am
I begin or do I
I be
in the being of time
that is in part me
In the being of space
I am
many names
I hold many times
From the sacred and healing site of
Sua-ille-aha, sun-glinting water,
in Ocali Territory
to a 1st magnitude spring
producing more than
500 million gallons per day.
First peoples, present day scientists
underwater cave divers and enthusiasts
laud the relevance of my burgeoning waters
30 springs and 61 vents of fluidity
released through the karstic terrain
am I
as each of the glass bottom boat drivers will testify

The shells become sediment
and put shape to my form
The boundaries of my borders
tell the stories of my norm
I am these shapes
these histories are mine
I am water
in part many say
I am
always in movement

for at least 5 billion years
our planet
I do
up into the sky
as clouds in the atmosphere
I fall to
the ground
the aquifer
the springs
the rivers
the xylum of trees move be back up
to nourish branches, leaves, and seeds
birds, mastodons, dinosaurs too
bring me into them as flesh and blood
and humans too
from the then of the ancients
to the now of the contemporaries
to the future of the unknowns
I am even part of you
I do
I circulate
I meander
I mitigate
I become
because I am me
and I am
I am
I am you.

"Interdependency between women is the way to a freedom which allows the I to be, not in order to be used, but in order to be creative. This is a difference between the passive be and the active being. Advocating the mere tolerance of difference between women is the grossest reformism. It is a total denial of the creative function of difference in our lives. Difference must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic. Only then does the necessity for interdependency become unthreatening. Only within that interdependency of difference strengths, acknowledged and equal, can the power to seek new ways of being in the world generate, as well as the courage and sustenance to act where there are no charters.Within the interdependence of mutual (nondominant) differences lies that security which enables us to descend into the chaos of knowledge and return with true visions of our future, along with the concomitant power to effect those changes which can bring that future into being. Difference is that raw and powerful connection from which our personal power is forged."
"As women, we have been taught either to ignore our differences, or to view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than as forces for change. Without community there is no liberation, only the most vulnerable and temporary armistice between an individual and her oppression. But community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference -- those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older -- know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master's house as their only source of support."

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