The Pine Cone Project

In the midst of turmoil,
Mother Earth besieged
by bloody conflict.
In a world beleaguered
by well healed negligence,
humanity is laced
with latent evil …
that is its one great flaw.

Children are dying
by neglect,
by assumption
that, somehow,
they were born
to inherit their fate;
it is their birthright,
born to starve,
without refinement
required by those
whose comforts rule,
whose want of fuel
drives their mule,
justifies this cruel
and mindless exploitation.

Children are dying
by weapons
of mass destruction
forged by human minds
without conscience,
self interested sociopaths,
thieving thugs,
overwhelming auguries
of desire for dominance,
for procreative power and
political partisanship.

We are dying with you.
I am crying for you.
Perhaps the reason is
that it is always
someone else’s fault!
We are messing up
your future in the world
we are too blind to see.

Yet, whilst this goes on,
you walk the woods,
harvesting your pine cones,
your unconscious prayer
for a better world,
your wishing well,
for life, for love,
that sows the seeds
of perfect purity
in heart and mind,
that must not fade with time;
the magnificent magic
of your spirit, untouched
by this tainted world.

Then, in one gesture,
one single act of generosity,
of utterly moving faith,
you beckoned me
to come close to you;
you looked me in the eyes;
you hypnotised me.
Then, you gave it to me,
one single piece of magic,
a piece of nature’s bounty,
and bade me keep its secret
as secret as anything could be.

Each time I hold your gift,
when we are far apart,
I’ll think of you;
I’ll remember this moment,
by which you have restored
my faith in all our futures.

You could melt the heart,
like chocolate
on a Summer’s day.
You could soften the steel
in all but the hardest of minds.

You and your magic
are our future.

© 2013 John Anstie


The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.

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