Loss of Wilderness Means Loss of Self

This free form poem is my response to Sidey’s Weekend Theme.

Photo by Steve Kramer

We no longer wander through the wilderness
because we don’t know how.
We have no worlds left to explore
except those within ourselves.

We’ve tamed the chaos of the natural world
clipping and conquering anything we dislike
killing more than we let live.

We’ve lost the majesty of the polar bear
and the mysteries hidden in the depths
all in the name of progress . . .
all in the name of us.

We’ve lost our fearless forays into uncharted territories
choosing instead to stay in safety
of paved roads and well-worn paths.

We’ve lost the quiet kindness
of helping weary travelers along the road
his horse’s head drooping in the glory of exhaustion
her feet hurting from walking miles through meandering terrain.

We don’t offer them a drink, or a place to sleep in the hay.
We lock ourselves in moving coffins of plastic and steel
speeding on black-tarred terrains without ever allowing our feet
to touch the earth.

We sit in front of screens of silence
losing ourselves to imagined worlds
rather than watching pictures in the clouds
or listening to the wisdom of animals.

We lose our wildness daily
except for the innate desire to conquer, to control
and to ultimately defeat enemies . . .
Enemies we create out of our own desire
for more, for power, for perfection.

We perfect perfection to the point of
complete destruction.
And in the end, we will lose it all
as the weeds grow over our fallen creations
and the wonder of the wilderness returns.

  “Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet”

Photo by Terry at The Incredible Lightness of Seeing

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 10:27:36

    That was amazing Lisa. You write beautifully.


  2. k8edid
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 10:45:36

    Oh Lisa – how wonderful…

    We sit in front of screens of silence
    losing ourselves to imagined worlds
    rather than watching pictures in the clouds
    or listening to the wisdom of animals

    I was just outside with my Shelby the Wonder Shepherd photographing some of the blooming things in the yard, looking at clouds, and feeling the breeze…I need to get out more (we all do!!!)


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 03, 2011 @ 18:25:30

      k8e, I’m glad you spent the day communing with nature and a dog. I look forward to the pictures.


  3. winsomebella
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 15:33:14

    Really nice. Beautiful words and an important message. Thanks Lisa.


  4. nrhatch
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 18:56:10

    Powerful observations, Lisa.

    I alternate between hope and despair for the future of this precious planet.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 03, 2011 @ 19:00:59

      Oh, I think the planet will survive, although it may not be recognizable to us. It’s humans that won’t make it.


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  6. thepetalpusher
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 19:19:44

    Powerful poem, Lisa. We have lost our sense of adventure and discovery in Nature. Last winter I made a commitment to get outside more–there’s so much beauty and peace in Nature–good for the head and soul. I worry for us, I do.


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 03, 2011 @ 19:25:17

      Terry, I don’t worry about you. You have such a talent for adventure and seeing the world with insightful eyes. I assume it was ok to use the photo, as you always say yes when I ask. 😉


  7. Kathryn McCullough
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 20:26:44

    Lisa, this is a stunning poem. Truly stunning. Love the free verse. You do it well!


  8. critters and crayons
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 21:16:28

    I think the “perfecting of perfection until it destroys us” is a pretty nice observation. Well done, Lisa-


  9. Arlee Bird
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 22:50:32

    It was not wilderness, but I used to love to go hiking and camping. Haven’t done it in years and probably won’t –at least not intentionally. Home is comfortable. Now I guess our wilderness is in space.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 07, 2011 @ 07:12:17

      In a way. I guess we should be grateful that we don’t have easy access or we might find a way to destroy that tooo.


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