Stiff breeze from the south
Bamboo slaps against the house
Last night’s memory
I am honored to call Barbara Albrecht a dear friend. She is nothing if not passionate about her mission and her selflessness and caring of others knows no bounds.
I was so saddened to hear the news about Berte Cáceres yesterday on NPR. What a sad loss for humanity.
Last night the forces of authority, greed, and misogyny assassinated one of the world’s great defenders of the Earth: Berte Cáceres. Winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for her defense of rivers in her homeland, she was murdered for leading indigenous peoples against the construction of the Agua Zarca Dam.
I think of the great women in America who defend the land under their feet: Barbara Albrecht in defense of Pensacola’s watershed, Madeline Kiser-Bieta in defense of Tucson’s watershed and Costa Rica’s rivers; Terry Tempest Williams in her defense of wilderness in Utah, and Florida writers like Jannise Ray in her defense of the Altamaha River and the Long Leaf Pine habitat; Anne Rudloe in defense of Gulf coastal habitat, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas for defense of the Everglades.
Women relate to nature through their bodies as well as their minds, as mothers who watch over their children. That is why…
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Susan Feathers always has poignant posts. I very much relate to this one.
Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things” from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998. Published and reprinted by arrangement with Counterpoint Press.
Source: Collected Poems 1957-1982 (Counterpoint Press, 1985)
Listen to an Interview with Wendell…
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