This Land

Tamarack Verrall
Posted August 30, 2015 from Canada

This is a love poem to all who also love this earth. I wrote it during the 20 years that I farmed organically, growing heirloom vegetables and saving seed. I live in the city now, and remain committed to solving the environmental crisis that we face today.

This land

This land

Is my teacher,

My base, my focus, my muse

A gentle, ancient grandmother

Her arms surround me

Her breath sweet

Her tears healing

Her body firm and steady

Her rhythm

Dependable and mysterious

She teaches me every day

To recognize the wisdom

In her seasons and her reasons

She teaches me to trust, and learn

In ever deeper ways

How to grow

She teaches me

Speed and agility with a quiet mind

She teaches me

How to recognize what matters

Let go the rest

And how to take the time

To sit among these trees

To walk, to watch the river flow

To see the changes in which meadows flowers bloom

And carefully

To tend these gardens

And to experience every year

The harvest

That she tries with all her beautiful strength

To provide

She cultivates in me a sense of purpose

And of peace

A joy of life so vast

This living close to her

So sweet, the chance to lean against a tree

Her rhythm, as I breathe

A call to dance, and sing

I live in ecstasy

In her embrace.

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Nusrat Ara
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

Beautiful words Tam. Thanks for sharing.

Love

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 11, 2015
Sep 11, 2015

Dear Nusrat,

I know how deeply so many women are connected, fed by and weep for our beloved planet. Thank you for your message.

Big hug,

Tam

Liz Poulsen
Aug 31, 2015
Aug 31, 2015

Hello Tam - 

What a beautiful poem--thanks for sharing.

- Liz

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 11, 2015
Sep 11, 2015

Hi Liz,

Thanks for your comment. I am glad to know that this resonated with you, too. 

With love in sisterhood,

Tam

Victoria Green
Sep 10, 2015
Sep 10, 2015

Dear Tam, 

this is a great poem! 

do we have a musician in here? Maybe we can put this verses into a song?

of course with your permission. 

Victoria

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 11, 2015
Sep 11, 2015

Hi Victoria,

Thanks so much for your response and your suggestion! I love the idea of this being set to music and would be happy to finesse any part that might need changing for the right rhythm. Also would love it to be sign language interpreted. You've got me thinking.

With love in sisterhood,

Tam

Lisa Anderson
Sep 11, 2015
Sep 11, 2015

Dear Tam,

What gorgeous, powerful words! I would love to hear this set to music - what an inspiring song this could be!

With love,

Lisa

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 21, 2015
Sep 21, 2015

Hi Lisa,

Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I am still thinking of the possibility. I would love it. Music has such a way of reaching into our hearts deeply.

Love to you,

Tam

Juksmori
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Thank you Tam for sharing this beautiful and touching poem.

Juksmori

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Hi Juksmori,

I am so glad to know that you were touched by it. And so glad to meet you this way!

Tam

Wala Lut
May 26, 2019
May 26, 2019

Wow.
I like it.