By Liz Darcy Jones
This is the crux of love
crux of the symbol
heart of nature whether we like it or not
our system’s toxic but when we attribute
blame or shame to each other we contribute
to the rot
Nature’s web gives us our lead
irreverent and shameless
it holds every one blameless!
Still we do not learn and douse ourselves
and shame and blame’s dirty oil
incendiaries which then inflame
our hearts’ already desert soil
Can we appreciate our system’s toxic
and accept each one of us forgets
the one to which we’re born –
begging us to honour all its non-judgemental wild?
will I harden arteries with blame and shame
or be the bloody love which pumps
the heart of every creature, man and child?
This is the type of blood to keep the world alive
this is the blood without which we will not survive.
P.S. Some say we need shame to bring us to our knees in grief…
No. Accept its presence [beat] but make your meeting personal and brief.
Shame is unattended guilt, and guilt – painful prompt to acts of restitution –
guilt calls for gentle understanding, shifts the silt
of pain, regret, self-harm
it asks me (me, alone since others’ lives I do not own)
am I toxifying our system further with my shame and blame
learning to play clean in nature’s game?
for nature’s game insists not one of us is left out –
and often gives the tiniest player greatest clout!