#writephoto: Earthward

Not a story to accompany Sue’s photo, just idle thoughts.

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When down is the only way open, you follow the drifting leaves, down and down steps slippery with rain and fallen leaves, until the earth closes above your head, and the leaves become the smell of earth and leaf mould. Where the light ends and the dark begins might be safety, and it might be the start of a greater danger.

When down is the only way, and behind is a mass grey as thundercloud pushing you on, you follow the leaves, slip down with the rain and descend one step at a time, pretending this is a dream and not a nightmare.

Yet taking the downward stair into the dark is as valid as walking up to the light. Earth enfolds and protects, tunnelled with homes and sanctuaries, out of the wind and the cold and the fear of discovery, and here, where roots dig and plants and trees begin, is silence, the peace and calm of the great earth.

Here, at the beginning of things, is the place to learn and cherish what will grow, to cast away our fear of mystery, so when we follow the winding path beneath root and stone, and out the other side into the daylight, our eyes will be open. We will see the whole world as layers of one great living entity, all beauty, all goodness, not ours to meddle with or discard, to use and destroy, but to keep whole and integral, the silence of tree roots tangled with the silence of clouds.

 

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

37 thoughts on “#writephoto: Earthward”

    1. Thank you. Too many people/local authorities seem to think we only need to preserve what we can use and make money out of, the earth as theme park mentality. Nature just being nature doesn’t interest them, you can’t sell tickets or souvenirs.

      1. Sadly. I was put in mind of an article I saw on the BBC site, how the Peruvian hairless dogs, almost extinct, pariahs, unwanted, have been brought back from the brink and suddenly become loved and cherished because someone decided they were part of the national heritage. People are fickle and illogical.

    1. Thanks Michele. I think more and more people (myself included) are beginning to realise the casual damage we do by insisting on cheap food, cheap gadgets, cheap air fares. It’s selfish and it’s going to kill us in the end.

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