The land is my womb!


My feet feel raw today

Raw from the rock floors and muddy paths they have crossed

The comfort of the keyboard

And the scroll of the screen

Paling in comparison with the alive ruggedness of the land

With its cycle of death and birth

Not in the distance

But right up close


This place is not my home

The land is Not my home

but my womb

Not my womb which to bare fruit

But the womb I crawl inside of to remember from where I came


I am the mama bear

But still there is a place from where I was born

And it isn’t in a hospital

Or a city street

It is from the land


Do you cry when you remember this?

Does your heart shrivel in the knowledge that you aren’t alone?


I have heard it said that we can’t ever return home

But home is a revolving current reaching out to us

We only need to stop

And lie in the tall grass

As the [sunlight] pepper our backs


We stop and stay still

Not in the hope of salvation

But in the knowledge that all that we need is already within us

It comes from the land, too


My body hangs heavy on the earth as it has done a million times before

Abundance raging through me

Reminding me that open space is the only womb I need


Panoramic mountain vistas pulling me out of my shell


Concrete cages me in

I lose myself in its solidness

But when all I can see is meadows, grass and mountain peaks

The freedom of potential that is my birthright slaps me across the face

And I wonder why I ever left


Open space is my womb

To be birthed and to birth my gifts

To see you beyond your limitations of thought and feeling

But instead for the wild animal you are


Open space holds me close, fills me up and lets me go

Open space hold me down, brings me back and spits me out


Where are you reminded that everywhere is home?

Go there

Lie down and be still

Let this reminder be your prayer

-Ruth Lera


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