Descending Evolution

Like water,

forever feeling the pull

downhill, toward the center of the Earth,

the constant longing to settle in cracks and gullies,

to fill the valleys and riverbeds

of an ever-changing landscape,

we bubble like fast running brooks,

choosing laughter and abandon as a retort

to the novelty of our shifting world,

rejecting arid fear or the stagnant impassability

that more rigid elements might adhere to.

A joyful yearning to find the niches,

interlace with the sands and spread ourselves,


rushing and gurgling,

gamboling with churning mud

and leaping over stones wearing crowns of sunlight

then, finding our ground, we rest with a sigh,

ripples on stillness,

reflecting the sunlight and clouds on our faces

which grin like idiots up at the sky,

A revelry of rhythmic quietude.

But life is movement.

What was high becomes low

What was impenetrable, fissures

and what was an answer, rebirths as a question.

Movement begins.

Water is powerless without the pull of earth

whose impulsive renovations

wake us from our floating dreams,

sometimes with a start

but always with the best of intentions,

disguised as chaos or blanketed in mist.

We have no use for fear

and remind ourselves that

it cannot alter the landscape or defy the force of gravity

Like water,

we are forever feeling the pull.


About The Sterling LIne

Where does art end and life begin? I don't really see a distinction, but I try to consciously live each moment with enthusiasm, following inspiration where it leads, being open to possibilities and exploring the boundaries of myself, the world I live in and those I meet. Though I attempt to tread softly and respectfully, I often get clumsy, carried away with enthusiasm ... Woman, artist, force of nature and mother... Lives in the SF Bay Area.
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