“extinct in the wild” by Leah Jay

A turn to matters of spiritual guidance

is not the talk we thought we’d have.

We’d packed our vegan lunches,

prepared for comparisons, calipers, scales,

slides in microscopes, pencils in notebooks,

to discuss breeding populations planned.

We arrived at the site, fighting the wind;

in tiny fragments lay scattered wet remains

glistening jade forms all falling prostrate

that once stood, facing the warm Mecca of lights

now strewn at random, open to heaven.

struggling, cold, undeservedly damned,

their jet-beaded eyes: some shining, some dimmed

nameless children we’d christened ourselves

terrariums shattered, their moistened air

now mixed with our mumbling invocations –

and nobody knows, to whom shall we pray?

Copyright © 2022 Leah Jay

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Leah Jay moved to California in 1976 and spent her adolescence in a remote mountain house, surrounded by forest. Over decades she watched the California she knew change, degrade, and burn.  After the CZU lightning complex fire in 2020 she was thankfully able to move her family to the Pacific Northwest.  Surrounded by surviving forests she continues to create art and poetry works as prayers to the interconnectedness, sacredness, and fragility of all life during a time of intensifying ecological collapse.

Featured Image:  “firefly forest”, art © Leah Jay – leahjayart.com

Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

Amazon Best-Selling Author

Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022)

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  1. jonicaggiano dice:

    Lovely piece but of course provocative! I too am trying to get back to the Pacific Northwest on at least 4 acres of land. I understand this piece and I totally agree with the message. Sending you big hugs and happy Thanksgiving, Joni

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  2. Thank you for submitting this beautiful poem on a crucial topic, Leah. Yes, to whom should we pray?

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  3. Congratulations on a lovely piece Leah Jay! ❣️

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