If I turn my back on the Forest now at this very moment when She is burnt to cinders and it appears that life has been extinguished, then I am not a true friend.
If I turn away now because it pains me to see the charcoal embers of my dream that has turned to ash in my mouth then I would be committing betrayal.
For this garment that She wears now; the Little Black Number, the ashes to ashes killer outfit is just another frock in the wardrobe of the life of Forest.
It is my call to find the Beauty within, to see the promise that is held in waiting, to hold true, stand fast, cradle the seed of tomorrows and acknowledge the whispers of renewal.
If I am a true friend, if everything I have ever said is to retain its meaning and integrity then I must stay observe and witness this phase of devastation.
I will croon sweet songs of lament and sorrow, of hope and resurrection to Her.
I will say thank you for revealing another facet of your mighty Being to me, for revealing the face of the Fire Goddess.
I honour your courage in Burning, burning standing, burning falling collapsing, giving all in the face of this onslaught.
And I who have heard your screams will weep hot tears of sacred water for your loss.
Your loss is my loss. Your pain is my pain.
Together we shall hold hands and gently tenderly heal our broken hearts, our broken skin, our blistered and fevered minds.
Together we will sing of a new life emerging, a new dance awakening. a new song singing.
This I have learnt; the roaring of an approaching fire is hugely loud , it is so loud that while it was still miles away it woke pulled us out of bed and sent us out into the paddocks to see the huge glow behind the mountains.
I have learnt that fire dances ; plays with air, tussles with water and scalds earth , behaves erratically mysteriously, beyond our plans and ideas.
I have learnt that humans are resourceful and brave, that our differences become nothing and over a fenceline the farmer and the forest lover can hug and cry together, pleased to see that each other has survived.
I have learnt that humans are kind and caring and helpful in times of crisis.
For all the creatures burnt to a crisp or asphyxiated I weep, for all that have survived and returned I rejoice.
As the days go on there are turtles at the dam again, wallabies some not all of the tribe yet, there is rufous fantail and grey fantail , there is magpie singing the morning song and the evening song, the whip bird the kookaburra the wombat the boo book owl, crimson rosellas and yellow tail black cockatoos.
what will they eat? what is left for them now?
I pay homage to the ancestors guides allies , to the spirits of land and air and sea and fire, to the angels and wisdom voices ,to all that have supported protected held me in their embrace for all of You I give thanks and many blessings.
I have a dream……. within this flame there is the possibility of Deep Change- effecting renewal redemption salvation even – at the very least an opportunity to take stock – to come clear about who we are and where we are – redesign how we think, how we build, how we create, what we need, what we can have, and who we Become.