Posted by: aediculaantinoi | January 25, 2014

Paganalia/Sementivae 2014, Part I: Tellus Mater

tellus hadrian coin

Tell Us, O Mother…

Tell us, O Mother, of the ground of our being:
not what some philosophers and prattlers say
about abstractions that cannot be mapped on soil,
as fleeting as the lines between stars in night’s sky,
a ground firm for them but which others fall through;

Tell us, O Mother, of the ground of our being:
it is not a sense that we have nor an experience
which the privileged few see for a moment and cannot speak
and hold up above all as the essence of existence,
some “One” that cannot be thought, but yet is recognized;

Tell us, O Mother, of the ground of our being:
six quarks and the work of leptons endlessly flitting
is not the basis of our existence, for what is left
is still mostly empty space invisible to the eye–
no firmness there, no ground to stand upon.

Tell us, O Mother, of the ground of our being:
the earth beneath our feet, the dirt and the soil,
becoming the food we and our parents ate,
the matter and material that is the currency of all life–
the flesh of you yourself, Tellus Mater, our ground of being.

*****

Ave Tellus Mater!


Responses

  1. I’m going to be coming back to this poem repeatedly, I think. It merits thought and study, and it’s gorgeous.

    Ave Tellus Mater!

  2. […] of it this year, as with most of the festivals I’ve observed thus far, has been with more poetry and less explanation, and I hope to keep that trend up for the remainder of this month and […]


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