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When I Dream of the Planet in Recovery By Derrick Jensen -- YES! Magazine


Environment  (tags: environment, animals, buffalo, salmon, prairies, beavers, rain, grasses, trees, Planet in recovery, the Time After )

Barbara
- 1105 days ago - yesmagazine.org
Big bulls sweep away snowpack to the soft grass beneath; big cows attend to and protect their young. The young themselves delight, like the young everywhere, in the newness of everything they see, smell, taste, touch, and feel. Wolves follow the buffalo



   

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Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 1:47 pm
In the time after, the buffalo come home. At first only a few,
shaking snow off their shoulders as they pass from mountain to plain. Big bulls sweep away snowpack to the soft grass beneath; big cows attend to and protect their young. The young themselves delight, like the young everywhere, in the newness of everything they see, smell, taste, touch, and feel.

Wolves follow the buffalo, as do mallards, gadwalls, blue-winged teal, northern shovelers, northern pintails, redheads, canvasbacks, and tundra swans. Prairie dogs come home, bringing with them the rain, and bringing with them ferrets, foxes, hawks, eagles, snakes, and badgers. With all of these come meadowlarks and red-winged blackbirds. With all of these come the tall and short grasses. With these come the prairies.

In the time after, the salmon come home, swimming over broken dams to forests that have never forgotten the feeling of millions of fish turning their rivers black and roiling, filling the rivers so full that sunlight does not reach the bottom of even shallow streams. In the time after, the forests remember a feeling they’ve never forgotten, of embracing these fish that are as much a part of these forests as are cedars and spruce and bobcats and bears.

In the time after, the beavers come home, bringing with them caddisflies and dragonflies, bringing with them ponds and pools and wetlands, bringing home frogs, newts, and fish. Beavers build and build, and restore and restore, working hard to unmake the damage that was done, and to remake forests and rivers and streams and marshes into what they once were, into what they need to be, into what they will be again.

In the time after, plants save the world.

In the time after, the oceans are filled with fish, with forests of kelp and communities of coral. In the time after, the air is full with the steamy breath of whales, and the shores are laden with the hard shells and patient, ageless eyes of sea turtles. Seals haul out on sea ice, and polar bears hunt them.

In the time after, buffalo bring back prairies by being buffalo, and prairies bring back buffalo by being prairies. Salmon bring back forests by being salmon, and forests bring back salmon by being forests. Cell by cell, leaf by leaf, limb by limb, prairie and forest and marsh and ocean by prairie and forest and marsh and ocean; they bring the carbon home, burying it in the ground, holding it in their bodies. They do what they have done before and what they will do again.
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And there's more...

This is in Yes! Magazine's *AFTER OIL* issue!
Check out the mag, on their website, you might want to subscribe!
 

Wilde T (10)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 1:53 pm
A time when humans give up the idea of dominance and the independence to control everything for short term profits regardless of consequences and consequences suggest changed attitudes, behaviors, and systems.
 

Kathleen M (208)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 2:36 pm
S&N. Thx, BMutiny. Beautiful piece!
 

JL A (281)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 3:07 pm
I agree with Kathleen--it waxes lyrical. Thanks BMutiny
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 5:43 pm
Beautiful+sad at the same time. Didn't see anything to sign. thx BM
 

Winn A (179)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 6:00 pm
Thanks !
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 8:18 pm
NOTHING to sign, just ENJOY! Pass on this lovely piece, it's INSPIRING....!
 

Animae C (508)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 8:44 pm
Thanx BM
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 8:54 pm
Thank you BM,

Wonderful! Saved to file.
 

Rose B (141)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 9:47 pm
Stunning Thanks BM
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 7, 2016, 11:53 pm
Thank you for the truth and beauty of nature, BMutiny.
 

roxy H (350)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 12:14 am
this made me cry
 

roxy H (350)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 12:15 am
no wonder these humans are killing our amazing animals -_-
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 1:11 am
Shared over social media, BMutiny.
 

Beryl L (78)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 2:54 am
this is very beautiful. so heartfelt. Much better than being bombarded with petitions.
thank you so very much B
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 3:21 am
I know what you mean, Beryl, one can certainly get burned out on Petitions.
You might seriously want to consider going to the Yes! Magazine website, or subscribing [I do, that's how I got this piece!]. As the title might suggest to you, Yes! Magazine [a local product near where I live!], is focused on Positive Solutions, not gloom-and-doom. Articles by well-known writers focusing on the POSITIVE and on Hope. A needed antidote sometimes!
This whole issue was devoted to "After Oil". Actual thot-out solutions to actual problems, by some very smart people. Besides poetic visions! Both have their place.....
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 3:31 am
The Price Is Right!
Get Yes! by email, FREE!
"visit site", above, is the LINK.
I promise you'll be AMAZED.....
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Derrick Jensen wrote this piece for Life After Oil, the Spring 2016 issue of YES! Magazine.
Derrick is a poet, philosopher, and environmentalist.
He is the author of more than 20 books, including most recently The Myth of Human Supremacy.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 3:33 am
Beautiful text!
Thanks, B
 

roxy H (350)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 4:32 am

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pam w (139)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 12:32 pm
Nice thoughts.....I'll echo what "Wilde Thang" said.....
 

Michael M (60)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 1:58 pm
Hmmm, I wondered what became of Derrick Jensen in the past several years. He was a fierce advocate for a wilder, more beautiful more sane earth 10 or 15 years ago.
He taught writing at the big lockup in Pelican Bay, and was not always in great physical health.

He self-described as an Indigenist, as he well understood that civilization as most of you imagine it, is utterly unsustainable, and must be abandoned.

Glad he is still writing, and glad you posted it B!
 

. (0)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 5:42 pm
tyfs!!!!
 

Veronica B (34)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 9:13 pm
Thank you BMutiny.
 

Anne F (17)
Sunday May 8, 2016, 9:51 pm
Beautiful evocation of working ecosystem
 

Gustavo C (101)
Monday May 9, 2016, 3:36 pm
Is something great to watch, as observers from another planet, the reborn, step by step the exuberance of nature of the Prairies, forests and rivers of the American Midwest. The return of the animals that today are symbols of a new United States, again taking their seats not only as souvenirs but as physical presences participants of an entire renovation of an ecosystem. This is a magnificent spectacle of breeding endangered species today, the creation of a new world. Thanks BMutiny.
 
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