This was the very first poem I co-created with Facebook friends, back in July 2010 after the BP Disaster in the Gulf. My new book, Wednesday, traces the evolution of our co-creative possibilities for coming together to save the natural world.
Because one person is not enough.
One element is not enough.
We must learn to come together to co-create.
The Fifth Element
We had four elements:
The earth was bustling.
There was oil in the ocean.
Fire wasn't helping.
Despair in the air.
I wanted a fifth thing there:
the quintessence of ether
to transform despair.
Humans are the essence
of not knowing
what they are doing, said the tree.
Dance joy with me then, I said to the tree.
Dogma doesn't turn me on.
It felt like midnight.
I wasn't wrong.
I was wearing saffron knickers.
Serve something succulent
was my motto.
I wanted the sanguine world
to ululate a new song.
Tomorrow would take too long.
End the hush today.
Only serious play can cleanse
this dance floor.
We turned the music on.
Co-Created with Robin Zavada Amy Coquillard Sunita Dhurandhar Kristine Hartvigsen Charlotte Koon Ehney Suzanne Kamata Rhonda Baker Uzzolino Becci Robbins Kimberley Goeglein Puryear Christi Stewart Stacey Hamilton Adrienne Leeds Katherine Beth LaPrad Christopher Allen Natalie Brown Mark Plessinger Rebecca C Jacobson Julie Smith Turner Cindi Boiter Vicky Saye Henderson
So, this is where I normally post the link to the book so you can preview and buy it, but today I want you to do something else instead:
The March against Monsanto, happening worldwide, starts TODAY at 2 PM in Columbia.
There will be live, local musicians there to "turn the music on."
Because the best food and music is both live and local!
Check out the Facebook event page!