behold

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Behold, the old world is dying, and is already

gone

Behold, a new world is arriving, and is already

here

 

Nothing you do can stop the flow of the River

Let go

Breathe into the grief-hollowed spaces of your chest

and release

 

There is a harsh rapping at your window

It is snowing now, and very very late

Before you have found your

slippers, they have found the

latch, are crawling through the kitchen

window, raiding your pantry

making tea

 

You must greet them

graciously, add a log to the

hearth-fire, show them where you keep the

honey, bring out extra

chairs, and blankets

You will be here

for awhile

 

These are the great-grandmothers and grandfathers

of you. Dirty, smelly, rude, swearing, spitting

wild hill-tribe caravanning tent nomads

these are the heart-wood and root ancestors

of the first tree of you, and they are

hungry. They have not been fed in a

long time

 

You must nourish them the best you can

it will be good enough

You must sit down with them by the

fire, listen to their stories, for you called them

here when you claimed your place in the

world, and they have come, whether or not you really

meant it

 

They know about death, and grief

and great, great loss

They have medicine for you

and your people. For what is dying

and is already gone

For what is arriving, and is already

here

 


 

Grandchild, everything you understand about the

world is about to change. Things will be

very, very different. Do not fear, let go

of the raft to which you cling, and trust

the River. This has all happened before, and it will all happen

again, for this is the way of the wild world to which you

truly belong

 

Unbind yourself from ideas of how things

should be, and pay attention to what

IS happening, no matter how ugly or violent or

frightening it may be. This is what a

dying world looks, and feels, and sounds, and

smells like. Do not be afraid

There is a bigger story happening, trust

the River

 

We have dreamed you, we have summoned you

we have claimed YOU as the embodied one of

us, carrying our lineage forward in this time

of great confusion and transition

You are not alone, none of this is an accident, you are not

a mistake. You have been claimed

by us, you belong here. Do not

be afraid

 

Behold, the old world is dying, and is already

gone

Behold, a new world is arriving, and is already

here

Nothing you do can stop the flow of the River

Let go

Breathe into the grief-hollowed spaces of your chest

and release

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