Will the birds sing
on the last day or go quiet
before
humanity breathes its last breath?

The day of reckoning will be of our own making,
a day of cause and effect.

Mosaic by Helen Miles
[image used with the artist’s permission]

We often feel that there’s no justice,
but don’t reckon with the fact that we ourselves
are Mother Nature,
our actions of consumerism not a polluting disaster but suicidal madness,
un-inspected and never uprooted,
never taken self-responsibility for.

Self-responsibility seems too hard, our modus operandi is still to always look outside of ourselves, to science, to miracles, to big daddies and mummies, to fairytales, money, hope or even hopelessness.

Our well intended communal attempts at fixing things are too little too late
and still based on the principle of our survival,
rather than understanding Mother Nature’s love-full principles
of sacrifice and surrender,
proven by each birth and death of all beautiful, harmless temporary forms.

Humanity has often thought the world was about to end – but it didn’t.
So…

…we carry on, making plastic and babies and merry and mayhem at the junction of knowing and acting, hoping for the best, as if the best is yet to come.

All the while the best is always right in front of us, as us, part of us, standing radiantly, glaringly obvious in our blind spot.

Mother Nature wants us, but doesn’t need us.
We need her and she’s exhausted.
She’s at her wit’s end.

Sitara Morgenster (written June 2017. First published now, January 2020)

3 thoughts on “Will the birds sing?

  1. Hi Sitara
    The bird mosaic that you have used on your blog is the work of Helen Miles – https://helenmilesmosaics.org/
    I’m sure that she would appreciate being credited.
    Kind regards,
    Tracey

    • Thanks so much for getting in touch about this, Tracey!
      I’m glad I now know that this is an image of a mosaic by Helen Miles!!
      I’ve acknowledged her in the caption now, with a link to her facebook-page, as well as written to her to ask permission. Hope she’s okay with it, it’s so beautful. But will change the picture if she doesn’t want me to use it, of course! Sitara

  2. I now have official permission from Helen Miles to use this image of her bird mosaic. Terrific!

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