To celebrate National Poetry Day, Wild Magazine has published its first ever poem by Audrey Priscilla. The poem discusses the link between human and planet health – a healthy planet leads to healthy soil, healthy food and healthy us.
When I exhale: I surrender,And trust that there will be air availOn my next inhale.My cycles of breath remind me that I amGoverned by natural laws andDependent on reciprocity.We respire our environment's expirationsWhich are synthesised from our own exhalations.Within Nature's circular community,Waste is valued as a resource.We are Nature.She is our home and our essence.When we are aligned to her laws,We thrive.But when we divorce ourselves,We demise.Agriculture reveals our dissonanceWith Mother Nature."Our obsession with efficiency hasdecimated food economies anderoded local resilience."Fixating on the outputRather than the practice.Fixating on short-term productivityRather than long-term sustainability.Standardising. Homogenising. Disposing.Rather than Regenerating. Diversifying. Conserving.Our hubris is our hamartia.We are desertifying the macrobiomeOf life.Within our essence and our home.Our decisions reinforce a lack of change.We reside within a zone of comfort;Constricting it with our grasp.We strive for society's success,Constructed from external worth.Our decisions breed vulnerability and"Compound failure".We have become a destructive paradoxTo our nurturing counterpart.Inflicting our ideology onto the complex biology,That is our home and our essence.Our health is inextricably connected to the planet.A breathing soil inspires prana into our body."Food helps us to repair and regenerate,"Providing a symbiotic reciprocityRooted in salubriousness.We have an opportunity toFeed ourselves with resilienceBy nurturing the soil biology.To nourish our home and our essence.Nature provides the love,A kind of maternal protecting warmth,And it is our responsibility to reciprocate. Mann, 2021 Mann, 2021 Kiss the Ground, 2020
About the Author: Audrey Priscilla is an environment enthusiast who has taken a gap year between high school and university. In an unexpected twist of fate, she found herself backpacking through Europe. When she isn’t exploring the rich European culture and history, you could find her writing poetry, hiking in Nature or cooking tasty plant-based food.