The Great Remembering

re-wilding – mixed media on paper

Trapped, caged.
Left for dead.
Relegated to the forgotten realms
the human wild self
withers.

Eons past the human mind came
into awareness of itself
out in the natural world
where wild animals roam free.

The indigenous people remember.
They know the ways to live
in tune and harmony
with the wild Earth songs

Encultured now
the modern human lives behind walls
– physical, mental and emotional.
Cut off and oblivious,
removed from the plight
of others beyond the walls,
taking whatever they want,
never stopping to count the cost,
ignoring the warning signs,
the wild is endangered everywhere,
within and without.

From deep in the human being
the call comes,
Remember now,
before it is too late.
Embrace the wild self,
turn to the forgetting to remembrance –
the Earth is our home.
Humans are part of nature

FROM MY UPCOMING ECO NOVEL:

A woman wearing a headdress of coloured feathers took to the podium. ‘We, the indigenous people of the Earth have not forgotten,’ she said in a voice that rose to the rafters and echoed round the room, strong and proud. ‘We know that when we humans lay waste the Earth we despoil our home. When we cut down the trees we kill our elders. When we hurt the animals we harm our brothers and sisters.’

She spoke then of her island home sunk now beneath the sea. Her voice grew soft as she talked of the grief of her people as they crowded onto boats and fled their ancestral land. They had no idea where they were going or if they’d ever set foot on solid ground again. All they had were the few belongings they clung to. The birds, plants and animals they loved as friends were left behind. All perished now. All gone.

Her voice dropped to a whisper then ceased altogether. A silence settled over the room like a prayer, a requiem for those kindred spirits that had departed the Earth forever.

33 thoughts on “The Great Remembering

  1. Exactly and exactly. It is the near extinction of our wild selves that enables us to be the destructive force we can be.
    And the novel excerpt is so beautiful – how far along are you now and when do we get to read it?

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      1. That is wonderful exciting – December is just a hop and a skip away. So looking forward to reading it. Perhaps we can trade self published novels. Technically inthink mine is a novella. (Though pandemic postal services are a bit dodgy) perhaps I should turn mine into an e-book by December.

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        1. I didn’t know you are writing a novel too. I’m not sure if you mean you are already published or if you plan to self publish.

          I’m struggling with word count too. I seem to be around 58,000 at present. I keep editing out bits then writing in new bits but the word count seems to stay about the same.

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          1. I self-published a short novel a few years ago. took me ages to write – and was a very interesting process. My plan was to self-publish as a kind of closure on the writing of it (because I kept fiddling with it for years) and then see if I could find a publisher for it, but quite honestly I have not put enough energy into it and it is not very mainstream contemporary fiction so not sure where it would find a home.
            I think stories take the words they need to tell themselves. 58000 seems like a respectable number.

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          2. My novel’s been years in the making too. I decided this was the year to finally get it done and have been editing and tweaking it for months. It’s eco fiction which doesn’t really get published much in the mainstream (and from what I’ve read finding a mainstream publisher is really hard) so I’ve decided to go down the indie publishing route.
            Thanks for the support on the word count. πŸ™‚
            Is your self published novel still available or are you still working on it?

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          3. Oh – that’s a publishing option I hadn’t thought of. I’m planning e publishing but I’ll send you the details in an email (when I figure them out!) πŸ™‚

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          4. Hello Suzanne. Hope you are well. We had a flash flood here on monday – we are up in the hills so all fine – town was hit a bit harder. Electricity is back up now, but still no phone lines or internet so I am not able to check emails yet. Keep well. Xx

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          5. Thanks. We really are all fine – animals included – and the forests and rivers are grateful for the clearing and good rain. It is where the deluge met infrastructure that things got messy. (Bit still no landline or internet)

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          6. Good news about the farm but I agree – the clean up from these disasters takes ages. We had a massive wind storm a couple of weeks ago. For over a week all I could hear was chain saws. There are still lots of paths blocked in the nature reserve where I go walking. No internet or phone must be a real problem! I went through that last year. It can get a bit nerve wracking sometimes.

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          7. Thanks. Luckily the academic year is winding up and we dont have to lean on the internet too heavily. I can get a cell connection outside (like now) – so all good.

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          8. I think the eco novel is gaining momentum – and their might be some first novel eco writing prizes out there. I seem to recall having come across some. Would love to hear more about your process around writing, printing, publishing and marketing. My email is lindiann@mweb.co.za if you would like to discuss it more. Are you going to do ebook only, hard copy only, both? So many questions – sorry.

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          9. They’re fun questions. Answering via email will help me put my thoughts in order. I’ll get something off to you over the weekend. We have plunged back into winter again – 14 deg today and constant rain. It’s going to be like that for days so getting my head sorted on this novel writing stuff is a good idea. Too cold and wet to do much else. πŸ™‚

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  2. The good news – for me, my species and the fate of life on this planet – is that the wild self can be remembered and serve as a means for humanity to find its way back into the living world. In the old Irish poems the wild man was a poet/magus/shaman who lived in liminal zones between wilderness and settlement. Your work here is faithful to those. Great stuff.

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  3. ‘the wild is endangered everywhere,
    within and without.’

    This is so very true. The problem being, as you point out, we have come to believe we are somehow apart from nature. I like the sound of your novel!

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  4. Sherry Marr

    Oh Suzanne, how this hits my heart. I love your focus on remembering, so vital if we are to save anything. The excerpt from your eco-novel is gripping. I will be first in line to read it when it is done. It reminds me of Julian Lennon’s Whaledreamer documentary, where indigenous elders gathered in Australia and sang the whales into the bay, as they did in olden times. A block away from me heavy equipment is ripping our forest apart for housing, along with some of our hearts.

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    1. It sounds dreadful where you live. It is so sad to think of such a beautiful place being damaged so much. It’s already all cleared here apart from small enclaves of bush reserve!
      I went to an aboriginal whale dreaming ceremony a few years ago. (2013 from memory) An aboriginal auntie in north west Australia sent out a message that the whales were in trouble. People gathered at key places around the entire coast of the country and in the centre at Alice Springs. The ceremony I went to was on a wild beach where the southern right whales come every winter. The aboriginal men did a dance and asked us to join in (it was hard to do their steps πŸ™‚ ) One read out a message from the auntie in the north west then drew a line on the sand. He said it would open up the ancient song lines there. I went back to that beach many times while I lived there and it was always very powerful.

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      1. Sherry Marr

        How amazing to have taken part in such an amazing event. Thanks for sharing that and taking the trouble to leave the comment on my blog. I responded there, but wanted to let you know how awesome i think that gathering was.

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