Poems

Ode to the Solar Age

Entering the Age of LightA new Age of EnlightenmentHumans awakeningTo the Solar Age!Envisioned for centuriesBy many peoples on EarthThose who worshipped the Sun,Saw land and fire as sacredLiving with earth and winds,Respecting the Four Directions. Yet hordes of strutting conquerorsBrought globalization and the vauntedIndustrial Era.Weaponizing ancient tools:Money and Markets.Narrowing relationships of caring,Sharing and mutual respect.The …

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Reflections

On the United Nations Symposium on the Science and Practice of complexity,Montpellier, France,May 9-11, 1984 The tendencies om Modern ArtWill put the horse before Descartes,While modern science takes the courseOf putting carets before the horsePhilosophers may show a trendTowards carts with horses at each endPull and push on each other borderBut dammit, chaos isn’t order! …

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Ode to the Life Force

©Hazel Henderson, 1991 A pair of butterfliesPollinating, propagating,Flitting aboveThe long procession of culturesFind themselves on pious, glorious dayScanning the vast blue BayThat Drake “discovered”For the English. Today it teemsWith myriad sights, sounds and smellsCable cars and seafood-sated pilgrims,Multitudes of sails and wings.Traders all,Some human-scaled, warm vendorsSchooled in China’s ancient way.Some grown monstrous,Dinosaurs drably-garbedIn faceless buildingsIn …

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“Cyberspace is Sacredspace”

by Hazel Henderson (published in the Merck Foundation publication ENOUGH 1999) Earthbound humans Soaring at last, In cyberspace. A leap in their long And painful journey Upward: from Olduvai, Altimira’s caves Catal Huyuk, Sumer, with waves Of patient migration To cover all the lands On the bosom Of Mother Earth. Cyberspace: Entrance to the Mind …

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To an Unsung Hero

What fortunate people We who grew up under her wing! This is true courage: To toil each day for others. This is true valor: To keep faith with the future, Without compensation or recognition. Caring and sharing, honoring Nature Are de-valued in narrow economics, While guns, tanks and robots are paraded. Yet the “love economies” …

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Cosmic Economics

A work of art Lies buried in the morning sand. A sad lover seeks her necklace Eyes scouring The glorious, pristine beach At sunrise. Remembering the panic of loss The night before While walking this same way Companions joined the search That moonless hour Scudding clouds darkening the sky The lonely lover ponders her loss …

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