WHERE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD IS KEPT

October 5, 2016

With a dear friend and slam poetry champion, we made a new botanical poem + spoken word video piece about the power of the beloved + ancient Californian Redwoods. I think you’ll love it!

the clouds
confectionary pink
held up by the wide hands of redwoods
that become themselves
in a place where the beginning of the world is kept
the woods are peopled with giants
a ritual of impossible shade
and thunderous wisdom
these grandfathers
adorned in august stars
listening to each other
each old song
every green reed tossed by sunlight
their groping roots tunnel the earth
a subterranean song
see there
the steadying of wind
the sudden upswing of early fruit
and earth and water and sky
delicious with knowing
and these old trees
like old men
resolute in stretching out to heaven
the providers of impossible shade
take it from me
they have traveled the stars
to know your name
each wide limb that lifts sky to scripture
has done something to seek your face
take it from me
these giants
forested mammoths
who have ridden each century
and kept their fruit
they are all we know of heaven
stubborn in survival
thick with community
growing in circles
a history of hand-holding
the other worldly consciousness
of willful old men
who dance and dance
the sun

– Dominique Ashaheed, slam poet champion + mama

redwood forest

AUTHOR: LOTUSWEI CATEGORIES: adoration
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Lindsay

Beautiful…

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Katie

Hey Lindsay! Isn’t Dominique/the forest combo amazing?! <3

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