unhumanizing ourselves

Maria Rebecca Ballestra found an expression of her experience made during her walk through the Sonoran Desert in the poem Carmel Point by the American poet Robinson Jeffers. The immensity of nature leads to reflexion on the true postion and relation human being has in it. The artist sees in Jeffer's concept of unhumanizing a possibility of harmonization.

 

Carmel Point

by Robinson Jeffers

The extraordinary patience of things!
This beautiful place defaced with a crop of suburban houses-
How beautiful when we first beheld it,
Unbroken field of poppy lupin walled with clean cliffs;
No intrusion but two or three horses pasturing,
Or a few milk cows rubbing their flanks on the outcrop rockheads-
Now the spoiler has come: does it care?
Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tide
That sweeps and in time will ebb, and all
Their works dissolve. Meanwhile the image of the pristine beauty
Lives in the very grain of the granite,
Safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliff. –as for us:
We mus uncenter our minds from ourselves:
We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident
As the rock and ocean we were made from.

 

 

 

 

 

echoes of the void