Wilderness

Coral Snake - Spotted at Simonskloof Coral Snake – Spotted at Simonskloof on 8th of August 2013

Have we forgotten
that wilderness is not a place,
but a pattern of soul
where every tree, every bird and beast
is a soul maker?

Have we forgotten
that wilderness is not a place,
but a moving feast of stars,
footprints, scales and beginnings?

Since when
Did we become afraid of the night
and that only the bright stars count?
Or that our moon is not a moon
Unless it is full?

By whose command
were the animals
through groping fingers,
one for each hand,
reduced to the big and little five?

Have we forgotten
that every creature is within us
carried by tides
of earthly blood
and that we named them?

Have we forgotten
that wilderness is not a place,
but a season
and that we are in its
final hour?

by Ian McCallum