September 17, 2020
Partial List For a Medicine Bundle For the World
A willingness to feel.
To effort for an imagined compassion.
Salvias for drought.
Evergreens for winter.
Sunflowers for the mice.
A changing sky.
Earth that literally birthed us
in union with plants.
(A long light touch.)
Artemisias for everything human:
to smell rain from far off,
to hear plants whispering & singing,
to see the joy of rocks & minerals
to heed dreams of fish,
to know the gone-beyond relations,
to have a wish to heal.
Stillness in the body
so that dance becomes apparent.
Silence in the busy mind of sapiens
so that teaching & learning occur.
Poem by Qayyum Johnson
Painting by Suiko Betsy McCall
Don’t Take it as Light, 2018. Ink on paper, 26×20″ suiko.art