a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
The words for the musical composition Water Tree Heart are these:
I have a tree inside of me
Branching, rooting, flowers
My heart is a river flowing free
Coursing through the hours
Like hearts, like hearts carry the trees inside
Like hearts, like hearts gather as River
River, river flowing
Round the bend, dancing
The composition Water Tree Heart is part of a much larger project of written and musical pieces infused with water, and it begins with this understanding:
On Earth we are connected to one another and everything on the planet because we are water. River is one expression of this.
River etches dendritic patterns — tree shapes. The most efficient transport in fluid dynamics is the tree shape which is found in the human circulatory system. Human anatomy sings of water. Heart and mind are shaped as tree. Vessels moving these fluid thoughts and imagination are rooted in River.
Catherine Young is author of the ecopoetry collection Geosmin and the memoir of place Black Diamonds forthcoming from Torrey House Press. Her writing is published in literary anthologies and journals nationally and internationally. Catherine worked as a national park ranger, educator, farmer and mother. Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin where she is totally in love with meandering streams. She deeply believes in the use of story and art as tools for transforming the world. Visit her website for more information, writings and podcasts.