open your children to wonder
together learn each ones song
and their many names
as you wander their land
maybe imagine flying
to their tree top
imprint in them
the story of the sea
the delicacy of balance even on the rugged shorelines
through them knowing
as if it’s their best friend.
listen to the wind
find the names of each wind
so you can read its personality
warm or cold
and know when you should
stay away from the sea
and when you can embrace and nurture
open to them to wonder
so they will not pass by this world
without knowing it calls
from stars to shoreline
moon dust to leaves.
Rachel leaves her love of nature
on the shorelines of our present
each wisdom wave
The late Nell Arnold introduced me to Rachel Carson’s writing after seeing some of my photographs and poetry. We had been living in Far North Queensland in a country town surrounded by the natural environment.
I always loved biology and nature at school and one of our best excursions was mapping the shoreline, and if I had heard about Rachel earlier I am sure I would have wanted to study ecology. I think it’s time for me to read more of her work.
I am working on my first nature essay and searching for a focus for it. The clues come to me in photography, poetry, parenting, and connection. I am contemplating how science and art can come together and how we can find nature in the city.
Living in the city now, I miss that connection. I search for splinters of it, in noticing the bush turkeys that dig our yard and taking opportunities to go to the park and look for wildlife and work out the species of the trees. Every time we leave the city I feel the pull of the shorelines. I feel sad that we had to leave the natural surrounds of our old home for the opportunities the city offers. I carry those shorelines and rainforests in my soul.
If only the opportunities could exist in the spaces close to the environment, so that wonder was inbuilt into our opportunities. Now I look for the times we can go and find ourselves closer to the earth…
(c) June Perkins