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a meditation on cultural and spiritual freedom . . .
LET US TAKE SUFFERING DOWN
FROM THE TREE OF LIFE . . .
"The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself in the
service of others."
I don't wish to here shock or offend any of my
readers, but I feel that the image of a savior,
as I see it, nailed to the tree of life is an utterly
ugly and repulsive image.
(Early crusifixes—an appalling word in itself—were more
stylised trees than formal crosses, as they still
are to this day in the rugged mountains of the Alps.)
Why? Simply becasue I think it is a sin against
Nature herself. Both a sin against trees, probably the
most grand and beautiful and exemplary creatures on our
wonderful blue planet of peace. But also because it
glorifies in a distorted way suffering. Especially
the suffering of someone else that I neither want
nor need. Like soldiers of Empire the world would,
in my view, be much better without. I shall suffer and
fight for my own inner liberation and freedom. Thank
But I also strongly object to what I see as the
colonization of sacred natural time. Like expropriating
MAY DAY—the simple yet profound celebration of
3/8ths of the Solar Year and the Earth's marvelous
and wonderful re-awakening of abundance—for other
purposes. So now, we have in the West, either a
thoroughly cheapened and commercialized "Mother's Day,"
or "THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LABOR." I do indeed wish
to celebrate both motherhood and organized trade unions,
but not like this, and not on MAY DAY.
May Day, in my opinion, is and should be what is always
has been. The dance around the great gift of our great
friends, the tree spirits about us.
The narrative, metaphysical poem below, takes on
in sound and rhythm, some of these themes.
On the road in the Northwest of America.
IN PRAISE OF NATURAL COMPLEXITY
From a single trunk, a thousand branches;
From a thousand rivulets and rills, a single stream.
Simple to complex; Complex to simple.
Complexity is richness, is diversity, is always good.
Complicatedness, or the unnecessarily convoluted or
difficult, is always bad.
Complicatedness, because of the contradictory, meaningless
way it wastes energy, is never a part of natural systems.
TREE OF LIFE
Let us take suffering down
from the tree of life.
Our only sin is belief
in belief, the hope that nailing pain
to the wood of a cross would somehow
make a difference, somehow ease,
lighten our heavy burden.
But nothing has changed,
prayers go unanswered, and
the same old tired song
goes on and on
Does the tree feel pain
Does it need someone, some
ideal, to direct its growth?
We sleep deep in the sweet illusions
of self-made visions,
seeing only what we want to see.
What is born again is the image.
Not something sacred, not something true,
but just another cheap picture
to hang on the walls of our selves.
Rejecting the symbol, trading in
the crown of thorns for a machine gun
or book of German verse is not enough, for
Who is doing the rejecting?
Who is waiting for this most recent
sacrifice to be repaid in full?
The young boy cuts his name
into the oak;
The grown man returns and
not a trace is left,
the desire for permanence having
disappeared into the
living tissues of life.
But our soul-scars last a lifetime,
wounds scratched open with each passing day,
like ruts cut deep in the soft spring earth,
a hungry animal spiraling endlessly,
back and forth, chained:—
to a tree.
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