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March 17, 2012 / Rae Spencer


Fiery breath roils through mantle bronchi
Flares forth from volcanic vents
Seamed between scales of shale

Into troposphere lungs, which are sky
Flora and fauna the intricate web
Of capillary

A delicate matrix, venule and arteriole
Mating to pass molecular necessities
From one organ to the next

From the dense liver that is land
The massive seven-lobed filter
Swollen with blood and bile

To the estuarine inlets of kidney
Loops of salt gradient and chemical pump
And pulsing tides, heartbeat wrung by the moon

To the alimentary marshes
Where everything rots and is passed
Down the vital chain, back into earth

Subducted deep underground
As one plate heaves its bulk atop another
In a colossal copulation that seeds nothing

But is felt by the unrenewable ones
The wingless ones who crave
Solace and brilliance and ecstasy

A brief moment in Gaia’s hungry mind
To glimpse her ancient memories
Before time passes down the vital chain


  1. Spiral Dreamer (Francis) / Mar 17 2012 4:02 PM

    Beautiful writing, and a great picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Robin / Mar 17 2012 7:29 PM

    Beautiful words and beautiful image. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 17 2012 8:05 PM

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Betty Hayes Albright / Mar 18 2012 8:11 PM

    Took my breath away, Rae! What a rare glimpse of Gaia – thank you for this.

  4. Samuel Millar / Mar 19 2012 7:22 AM

    A very powerful metaphor, and an interesting perspective. Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 19 2012 10:00 AM

      Thank you! I loved your recent bee photos!

  5. bardessdmdenton / Mar 20 2012 2:12 PM

    Very strong and intricate writing, reflecting Gaia herself. That last stanza is so excellent!

    • Rae Spencer / Mar 20 2012 3:22 PM

      Thank you! This poem was fun to write, once I decided where and how to start.

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