FATHOM YOUR INSIGNIFICANCE
I have lived in ignorant bliss
of human Insignificance—falling
into the jaws of conscious importance.
A protective bubble brutally burst
without warning—without a tonic to medicate
the concussion of looking upon the mountain:
the blemished face of Terra
the trauma of tectonic lacerations, swelling
and ready to burst, spewing
fourth a fountain of her blood.
Blood burning with the intensity of molten steel worked in a forge by the
insignificant using a resource torn from her flesh to craft a weapon, a tool, to
turn against her once again, gouging at her flesh, shearing away her hair
strand by fucking strand.
We can hack, cut, burn, blister, dig, drown
commit atrocities against her
until her last breath
is exhaled, along with our Insignificant existence.
Through it all, the mountains remain, watching
us wither to a cancerous destruction
of our own making.
A CYCLE OF SPIRITUAL PRECIPITATION
The tears of Terra
lifeblood of existence.
Every drop is precious—
a tickle, a deluge
as it is calming.
The wrath of God
within a single cup.
All things living are composed of Terra’s tears.
She is the lifeblood of our existence.
THE WRATHFUL RED PLANET
Red rock, red dust — billowing on solar driven winds
a wasteland that may have once held the beauty of Terra.
Perhaps the demise of the Red Planet grew
from a scornful love affair.
Terra—a jealous lover—chipped away her surface
bruised blemishes left to turn a bloodied red
because she spoke to Jupiter: the bitch.
Perhaps Terra envied her glamour
and conspired with the Sun
to strip away her protective layers
and leave her barren and inert.
Perhaps no life grew on the surface
and her beauty lies
in the red rock and dust billowing
on the solar driven winds.
Author: David Farr is a third-year creative writing student, stay-at-home dad, and motorcycle enthusiast. He served seven years in the Royal Australian Navy and now regularly DM’s games of Dungeons and Dragons. His favourite class is a Paladin.
Artist: Elly-Grace Rinaldis is a model and creative writer located in Brisbane. When she is not backpacking or travelling internationally, Elly-Grace enjoys socialising over a bottle of pinot noir with her friends, family and beloved cat Vera. Elly-Grace is currently studying to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Creative Writing at QUT. Her debut poetry collection titled Five Summers: An Anthology is currently available for purchase on her website www.ellygrace.com.au or locally at Avid Reader in West End. She can be found at @ellygracewrites