Earth Lullabye by Trevor Thomson

 The Earth Lullabye came forth from an experience of great fear on the first night of the fast.    

That first late afternoon brought a gentle rain that seemed to wash deep down into the depths of the soul.  Falling to sleep that night my thoughts were filled with gratitude and peace.  I woke up feeling the presence of other with great fear.  So much so, that I stilled my breath  to be as quiet as possible, for I knew someone or something was with me.  Terror filled my mind, as I heard the sound of crunching, right next to me.  Again, I held my breath so I could remain silent and free from being discovered by whatever "it" was.  I heard the crunching sound again and suddenly it hit me.  I knew what that terror noise was coming from.  Every time I took a breath, my chest would move against the tarp that lay just underneath me.  Every breath caused that "terrible" sound.  I realized that my breathing was causing the noise and so I was fearful of my own breath.  Giving a sigh of relief, I gave thanks to the Creator and to the Great Mother for holding me in my foolishness and beauty.  This melody came to my head and so I sang it softly, over and over again until I drifted back to sleep into the place of the Sacred.  

10,000 blessings,

 

Trevor Thomson 

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