Occasionally poems lead to another’s echoing response. Recently Brendan (of Oran’s Well)’s comment on my poem rewilding asserted that yes, we must write.
I would add that we can, maybe must, read also, and find synergy and synchronicity.
As when his re-released poem The Hungry Ghosts emboldened me to add my own, written 4 years before his first version.
Hungry Ghosts and there you were, ranked up in yowling banks on that Sunday afternoon, chasing with anxious eyes the parade of the October sunshine across a cloudscape torn with gales. Your bellies were swollen with the fruits of harvest, but you were racked with dearth, saw only what was cast away. You had eaten, but that was bitter in your mouth, and yet you longed for more. Stepping out of time, just in time I hear your voices, recognise that pain. I call upon that blessed being who is all contentment to bring you a nectar of sweet simplicity, to feed you, sip by sip, from that thirst-assuaging cup, to wipe your brow in the night, to tend your overburden, to let you lighten and allow. © Kathy McVittie 19 October 2014 from 'the route to grace' 2014
In the Buddhist ‘Wheel of Life’, the hungry ghosts, or preta, are one of six realms.
Glad you posted this. Your hungry ghosts have a famished spiritual need — to be recognized and welcomed: And the transaction which is our responsibility is to offer them “nectar of sweet simplicity” which enables them to “lighten and allow.” Relieved of what burden? History? Our forgetting of them? Who are these ghosts? (Your lead image is perfect.) How have we wronged them, and what is our amends? Mine are ghosts of the sacred earth, and feeding them is at the cost of human dominance. Maybe that’s rewilding, but here in Florida every swamp is becoming asphalt. I used to run a poetry forum at earthweal.com which sought to open a dialogue with the nonhuman. It failed (humans are not yet up to that task), and now I’ve become a ghost hungry for next poems. Happy some dialogue still exists online.
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Brendan, why do you say that your EarthWeal project failed, if I may ask?
Lack of participation, too much grief and not enough hope, it wasn’t evolving,
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