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thrive


rightful  work  is  thriving

 

     

"One of our deepest frustrations as a culture,

I think, must be that we have made so extreme

an investment in mining the continent, created

such an infrastructure of nearly endless jobs

predicated on removal and distribution of trees,

water, minerals, fish, plants, and oil,

that we cannot imagine stopping."

    - Barry Lopez, The Rediscovery of North America

 

 

 

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thrive


rightful  work  is  thriving

 

     

"One of our deepest frustrations as a culture,

I think, must be that we have made so extreme

an investment in mining the continent, created

such an infrastructure of nearly endless jobs

predicated on removal and distribution of trees,

water, minerals, fish, plants, and oil,

that we cannot imagine stopping."

    - Barry Lopez, The Rediscovery of North America

 

 

 

 

RIGHTWORK (WIP) is a creative exercise that explores rightful work, or what is done naturally, by individual community members and their member groups. 

At RIGHTWORK, community encompasses all individuals and member groups comprising watersheds, with human beings playing as vital - helpful or harmful - a role as any other member group. 

Watershed communities thrive when all members enjoy their rightful work. Most members work directly for survival. They hunt, harvest, maintain homes, raise young, and play often. 

RIGHTWORK's central creative focus is a series of poetic character profiles.

 

PLEASURE

WATER

FOOD

SHELTER

HEALTH CARE

 

we're covering the basics.

 

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miscarriage


 

MISCARRIAGE

 

In his sketchbook, ridgelines define a body shaped by tributaries
he followed to where light dances on stones lining a shallow creek
there
where he made love with her on the forest floor in a patch of sunlight,
 
something out of a dream he once lived, or thought he did
or thinks he still can
just a stretch downstream from the dam
is a line that runs
short
 
and longer as it gets technical, regurgitating facts and figures about a grizzly who fertilizes spruce trees 1600 feet from the stream where she fished; grizzly and salmon
together provide as much as 24% of total nitrogen available to woodlands surrounding that stream, once upon a time before the time
 
someone said water flowing to the ocean has no purpose so they gave the river a job.


Solace is a sonnet that leaps
 
to the new world that is some version of the old world she imagines

his words, a moment’s escape from the world in which she lives

the starvation of which her silence defends.

The sound of salmon banging their heads on a concrete wall, a whale unable to hear her lover among oil rigs screaming

She, 1 of 80 Southern Resident orcas, 1 of 7 less than their number a decade ago when endangerment was penned. 

Residents depend on Chinook.

Hunger, the determining variable among a swath of insults threatening
orca’s survival. 

The loss of Rhapsody, an embodiment of joy in an orca who died at 18 years
with a dead child in her womb.
Rhapsody’s death a grief among her kin akin to grief for the 28 year old
woman in Colorado and the daughter
cut from her belly near term, contrast to
the estranged grief of the desperate woman who severed them.
 
Excuse the poem for not being pretty, the poet for being stern.
All is not great in the house of cards
capped by a lonely stretch of sea filled with rubber ducks, floating
on a not-so-soothing tepid salt water bath
spiked with caesium-137 and the child

washed ashore


 
megan hollingsworth

Numerals are used in my poems to call out the strangeness of determining an appropriate response to loss based on numbers.

See DamNumbErs

 

 

         giant sequoia photos Copyright 2013 Jack Gescheidt

miscarriage


 

MISCARRIAGE

 

In his sketchbook, ridgelines define a body shaped by tributaries
he followed to where light dances on stones lining a shallow creek
there
where he made love with her on the forest floor in a patch of sunlight,
 
something out of a dream he once lived, or thought he did
or thinks he still can
just a stretch downstream from the dam
is a line that runs
short
 
and longer as it gets technical, regurgitating facts and figures about a grizzly who fertilizes spruce trees 1600 feet from the stream where she fished; grizzly and salmon
together provide as much as 24% of total nitrogen available to woodlands surrounding that stream, once upon a time before the time
 
someone said water flowing to the ocean has no purpose so they gave the river a job.


Solace is a sonnet that leaps
 
to the new world that is some version of the old world she imagines

his words, a moment’s escape from the world in which she lives

the starvation of which her silence defends.

The sound of salmon banging their heads on a concrete wall, a whale unable to hear her lover among oil rigs screaming

She, 1 of 80 Southern Resident orcas, 1 of 7 less than their number a decade ago when endangerment was penned. 

Residents depend on Chinook.

Hunger, the determining variable among a swath of insults threatening
orca’s survival. 

The loss of Rhapsody, an embodiment of joy in an orca who died at 18 years
with a dead child in her womb.
Rhapsody’s death a grief among her kin akin to grief for the 28 year old
woman in Colorado and the daughter
cut from her belly near term, contrast to
the estranged grief of the desperate woman who severed them.
 
Excuse the poem for not being pretty, the poet for being stern.
All is not great in the house of cards
capped by a lonely stretch of sea filled with rubber ducks, floating
on a not-so-soothing tepid salt water bath
spiked with caesium-137 and the child

washed ashore


 
megan hollingsworth

Numerals are used in my poems to call out the strangeness of determining an appropriate response to loss based on numbers.

See DamNumbErs

 

 

         giant sequoia photos Copyright 2013 Jack Gescheidt

Forests are complex communities.

Forests are no more tree factories than women are baby factories.

Treating forests as tree factories is a cruelty to community members,

including humans, who thrive in relationship.

Read more at FOREST EDGE.