the blackberry becomes jam
a pie is eaten by many.
may it survive this war perpetrated against its sovereignty.
the heroic adventure of picking the thorny briar
the sharp attachment and rending of thorn and skin.
the solidarity of blackberry
the ease with which it gives
hedgerows of food
shelter and home for birds and creatures.
some come cowardly with spray and can rubber gloves and a mask,
we all breathe the same air in the end
we all share the same cell in the beginning.
these poisons are known to be harmful to land creek fish creature and human,
it is deemed to be a dreaming we cannot live without
a principle that has to be enacted again and again and again
a crude ideology enforcing genocide.
count the cost on biodiversity and ask?
how may I contribute to include all species?
how may we be neighbours and
look out for each other.
how may we honour all berries of thorns.
Berry and I
can we not be friends and grateful ones at that.
is war on species our best practice?
are we so delusional that we believe
we are constantly under attack from nature and have to arm our selves?
let us move beyond this fear
and enjoy the rugged wild sprawl of nature
let us bow our heads and applaud the capacity of earth to nourish our bodies and enrich our spirits.
let us sing up the dreaming of blackberry and all its friends
replenish the story of interconnectedness
and lean heavily into loving kindness for all.