This poem was written over two years ago. I had always enjoyed working outside in the Ashram grounds but the spring of 2017 was when I first took the drum outdoors and played with the trees and the birds for company. I did have this sense that nature was encouraging me to let the music out. In 2019 I started writing songs and many of these tracks are celebrations of the natural world.
Prose, Prose, Prose
I cannot write that way to describe life here
in the wet green hills in northern climes of planet earth
The sun is our nearby star and her light touches us
as we work among brambles, ash and pine.
Our lungs gorge on oxygen, a precious gas
which the Italians call ossigeno
and that sounds like a bony genome.
Light is made of photons and photons are found inside our bodies*
science fact, but little reported and every photon tells a tale.
The sun shines white, the plants blaze green,
tree roots explore the soil and the mycelium spreads far and wide.
Here at the Ashram if you walk by the big pond when the sun is out,
our nearby star may call to you and she may say
“Darling little one, my love sweeps over the land
Do you have eyes to see?
Darling little one, come out and drum and sing,
sit on a rock and let the songbirds hear you play.
If you do I’ll tell you my stories:
I’ll speak of planets, moons and comets, of spiral galaxies and gassy filaments,
but I’ll also speak of the spinning earth
and all thereon that responds to my radiant presence.
In my rays your hair glistens, you work and sweat and enjoy being flesh and blood
and my love coaxes out that voice of yours
SING SING SING, get out and do it boy
By Mantra Shakti
*See the work of Fritz-Albert Popp (his discoveries are mentioned at some length in the book ‘The Field’ by Lynne McTaggart)