Consciousness flows through all living things,
some passive, others awakened,
others acutely accurate in perception,
but all to some degree aware
of their existence and purpose,
whether instinctive or planned.
Trees support one another, share nutrients,
communicate over great distances
using the wind to carry seeds, bark
and information via root systems,
as in their own way they foster community
and a shared responsibility for its thriving.
Trees have a heartbeat, a contraction and expansion
that pumps nutrients through
its inner vascular system just as we have,
until recently unnoticed because of its single beat
every hour or two,
as we must re-evaluate our thoughts on consciousness.
Plants grow so slowly,
we cannot see their yearning and touching the environment,
learning where they are and how best to assimilate,
responding to stimuli like music and voice,
touch and human nurture, all of which
create their greatest opportunity to flourish and propagate.
The microcosm of life we so easily ignore,
is every bit as intelligent as we are,
in fact far more so in their ability to assimilate,
share and create harmony to prosper,
for it is we who are ignorant
in their simplicity.
We sorely mistake simplicity for inferiority,
quite a profound and limited perception,
and until we acknowledge the ways of the natural world,
we will never aspire to the potential of our kind,
instilled in us an arrogance
that is so restricting.
We need to acknowledge life for what it is,
not for what we think we are, but how we can truly assimilate
with one multi-leveled consciousness
that is the symbiotic connection
all living things have with earth,
to then experience the oneness of existence in all its forms.
Tony DeLorger © 2018