I Am

Up Scenic Point

I thank the rocks

And the plants

And the animals

For being part of me

As I am part of them

--

Not from each other

We are each other

As we human beings

Are all one another

--

We are sacred

Each particle of mass

Even the air (we breathe)

--

I am not a visitor here

On this earth (though I like the idea

at times)

I am

The earth itself

And everything in it

I am

The fires in august

That blow through this valley

I am

The wind from the cliffs

Scouring down over the lakefront

I am

The raven fledglings

Perching still on the edge of my nest

I am

The earth itself

And everything in it

--

Not a keeper

Not a visitor

Certainly not

A master

--

But the very spice of it

The gritty grime of it

The rocks and mud and plants

My body smells of it

It grows out of me

I grow into it

We are here

Together here

--

By listening

We can know this

Contributor's Biography:

Amy Pearson is a Ph.D. student in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.  Her research explores the ecological implications of the ways we talk about wilderness areas, especially in National Parks.

In this piece I situate myself as a human being in equal relation to my "ecological" surroundings.  I am convinced that a primary means of creating a sustainable Earth might come through re-envisioning and rearticulating how we as human beings sit in relation to our ecological environment.  The photograph is from Glacier National Park in Montana where I spend my summers as a ranger naturalist.

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