Wood Sculpture, Standing figure, 10th century.
Ironwood man boogie man
standing hands behind your ears mouth gaping
Hear the ants
you know them intimately Tribal enemies skinning heads on the
To what do you listen
What do you hear?
How are we destroying ourselves tell me this
The world’s forests recede into a baldness
Waves recede with great momentum
There is no way into the other world but by listening watching
nothing to do but BREATHE
Breathe listen to the forest leaves rustling
Breathe listen to the iron lungs of the world wooden lungs of the forests
red muscular lungs of roots
beating hearts of skittish cats
loyal hearts of buffalos wading
the whoosh of unrelenting waves
Families have gone evacuated
Fierce winds blow howling man
A great man-eating wave has come!