Earth time

Deep in the rainforest
a stand of Antactic Beech
too strange to be called beautiful.
Their weird moss covered roots
arching free of the ground
date back five thousand years,
the genus is older still.
Gondwanaland trees.
Mahogany brown trunks
tower up in the tropical heat
to crest in an umbral of spindly branches
and a smattering of leaves.

Ordinary conversation silenced
we wander about as if dazed
each in our own thought streams
older than words.
Memories we didn’t know we had
resonate in our DNA,
organic time echoes in our cells.

Months later in so called real time
we journey to an Irish wedge tomb
hidden, half forgotten in the mists.
There the same bright green moss
this time on stones
intricately placed
five thousand years ago

Time collapses,
not so much cellular now
but mythic.
The tomb of the Crone Goddess,
the sacred hag.
Mysteries and seasons,
rituals and meanings
obscure and arcane
trigger in ancient neural pathways

Time and space conflate.
The two experiences meld
Earth time,
green time.
All life is sacred.

Wedge tomb

Thank you for reading. This will be my last blog post for a while. I am taking an extended break as I am finding many of the processes involved in blogging too stressful these days.

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39 thoughts on “Earth time

  1. Iโ€™ve been considering a break too, Suzanne. Enjoy the rest, take care, Iโ€™ll miss your presence, your poetry and your comments. I love the shape and structure of this poem, the beautiful imagery of the trees with their โ€˜weird moss covered roots / arching free of the groundโ€™ and their amazing name: Gondwanaland trees, and the reaction to them: โ€˜Memories we didnโ€™t know we had / resonate in our DNA, / organic time echoes in our cells.โ€™ The connection between the rainforest and the wedge tomb with bright green moss is interesting.

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    1. Thanks Kim. I didn’t explain myself all that well. I’m a bit tired right now (hence the need for a long break). The trees are called Antarctic Beech. The roots on the ones I saw in the rainforest are dated back 5,000 years. The species is thought to have been present on Gondwana (the huge supercontinent). I made up the name Gondwanaland Trees ๐Ÿ™‚ Talk to you dome time in the future.

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  2. I will miss your poetry and writing, Suzanne, but you must prioritise your own wellbeing. I hope the break is beneficial to you. This was a most beautiful journey of a poem, which captured perfectly the irreality of time:

    Time collapses,
    not so much cellular now
    but mythic.

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  3. Sherry Marr

    I love this especially the closing lines, memories resonating. I love the crone goddess, the sacred hag, and , especially, your closing lines. We will miss you during your hiatus. I do hope you’ll come back after you have a break.

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  4. Always enjoy your poems, Suzanne, they make me want to visit Australia!
    “Mahogany brown trunks
    tower up in the tropical heat
    to crest in an umbral of spindly branches
    and a smattering of leaves.”
    I like the assonace in this and all those noisy ‘t’ s!
    Enjoy your break…Jim

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  5. Such deep awareness blossoms in these poems, rising from the earth, the passage tomb. The tones are rich and substantive. Wherever you must go, take these with you. Online publication is a difficult fray – a congress of vapors — but still its a community and you’ve been a wonderful part of earthweal. Take care and best. – Brendan

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    1. Thank you for your kind words on my poetry Brendan. I’m taking some time out to recharge and clarify my sense of direction during these tumultuous times. I’ll probably return to blogging and Earthweal at some point but I’m not sure when. ๐Ÿ˜Š


    1. Hi Miriam, sorry about the delay in getting back to you. Yes, my break from WordPress is going well. I’m doing loads of reading and will be back with new ideas and energy sometime over the next few months. I hope life in the hills is treating you fine. I went to Queenscliff yesterday – bad idea! So busy it was unreal. I think I’ll stick with natural places away from the masses for a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. No apology necessary Suzanne, itโ€™s good that youโ€™re slowing down and enjoying the simple things. As for those crowds, Iโ€™m with you. Give me a natural, peaceful riverside camp any day!

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