Natural

Natural

Not knowing
what the future
might bring,
the cultures of Man
move naturally together
towards an unknown tomorrow
in an unspoken dance.
Our sounds are the same
as the sound of rain
in stormy darkness
pattering a natural song
all the night long.

Our market economies
and the governments
that support them
one day will outlive
their usefulness
—perhaps sooner than you think,
and fall by the wayside
going the way of
the feudal societies
that once ruled men.
Soon enough we all will stride
to the tune of a new day.

Rest easy friend,
our halting dances,
follow the Earth music
as all others do
on our blue and white sky marble
and the paths that
we men tumble and tussle along
trace the grand song of life
just as flocks of swallows
turn and twist in unison
on their long path south
flying to melodies
that have never been
set to paper.

Dewey Dirks

Potential

Potential

When Nature gave
Humans the potential
to destroy the ecosystems
of the Earth,
it also gave us the capacity
to preserve them.
Which way is it to be, my friends?
The choice of what we do
with our intelligence and ingenuity
is up to us.

Dewey Dirks

Universe is a Coral

Universe is a Coral

The Universe and the biosphere
Of our Mother Earth are corals
Intricate, colorful and complex,
Yet simple like a rock

Now, a coral is something in and of itself
But it is also a colony
Made of many small lifeforms called polyps,
Each one, something in and of itself
And within every polyp
Is the potential to make a whole coral

A coral would not be the same coral
Without the sum total of all the polyps that it’s made of
Likewise, the Universe and our Earth Mother
Are things incomprehensibly vast in and of themselves
But without each and every one of the ten-thousand trillion
Lives contained therein,
Would not be the same Universe or Earth

Dewey Dirks

Lullabies and Legends

Hi folks 🙂 I’m very happy and honored to tell you my newest book, “Lullabies and Legends” is now available on Amazon.com for immediate sale. A lot of people have been asking me for another book of poetry and this is it. Here is a sample poem and link to the book. It is available for reading on all the current devices like Android phones and tablets, PC’s, Kindles, iPhones and iPads. Make sure to check it out.

Dancer

Las Vegas is a brightly shining city
That never has any time to sleep
You never really know
Who you might be talking to
Or who you might happen to meet
There is a little place called Palladium Station
Out in the suburbs of that big old town
If you go down there on a Wednesday night
you’ll find Jessie tending bar
I used to drop in to see her
Have a drink and chat from time to time

One night when it was kind of slow
Jessie said to me,
“’Years past I was a dancer
In a brightly lit chorus line
I learned from one of the best there was
She had high hopes for me
We had a lot of mutual respect
I used to really sparkle up there on the stage.
I used to really shine
I had a hope or two of going even farther
‘Had a hope or two of having even more
Of that diamond time
But, you know, life is what happens
While you’re busy making plans
I got a husband and two children
And had to leave that chorus line behind
Now I only dance to teach a few kids
Over at the dancing school”
Jessie stopped to draw a guy a miller
When she came back she smiled and quietly said,
“There’s times in the dark of night as I fall to sleep
I wonder what might have been
If my life had turned out differently
And a little more like I’d planned”

I said, “I am a writer
I make my art with a pen
Jessie, you’re an artist too
And you make art with your body
Like an antelope running across the savanna
Or a tree moving gently in the wind
They say that art is its own point for happening
And improves upon the beauty of the world
Like the stars in the sky at night
Or a sunrise in the morning
Painting the day ahead
They say life has a strange way of happening
It takes you down roads you never expected
And paths that sometimes turn out better
Than you ever could have planned

If your art becomes famous
You get to shine brightly for a few years
Until your limelight begins to fade
Then you spend your time reminiscing
About the glory days behind you
Instead of paying attention to
The time you’ve got left
Show off your art
And you brighten the world for day or two.
But if you teach your art
To the young ones who come after you
You can see your sun rising
A thousand times over
In the long years ahead”

http://www.amazon.com/Lullabies-Legends-Dewey-Dirks-ebook/dp/B00TYB70HC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1424803195&sr=1-1&keywords=lullabies+and+legends

The Sum Of Us

The Sum of Us

We all are taught in our schools
that there is but one reality
we all live in and to which we all must
accept, accommodate, and conform
but this my friend, is only an illusion
that our foolishness and the institutions
of our cultures foster upon us.

Each and every persons perceptions create
a reality of its own, each equal by virtue
of the sweet life flowing in our bodies.
There are seven billion human realities
living now upon Mother Earth…
and millions of whale realities,
millions of dolphin, falcon,
and elephant, realities,
millions of cow and sparrow realities,
billions upon billions of fly,
spider and beetle realities,
and untold scores of microbe realities.

Like vast, vast numbers of poets,
each casting spells with a trillion poems
of love, and sorrow and hope and living,
every individual of every species
is a writer penning skillfully
a image of reality with his life.
We all have our own stories to tell,
Lord God if you’ve got the time.

And reality?
That is a backdrop, a waking dream—
a misty muse from which
we all draw inspiration.
It’s truest image, shape and form
is not told by one individual,
by a single country or group
or even by any single species.
Reality on our little blue dot in the sky
is the sum of all of our stories put together
and of the hidden stories
of our Earth Mother, and the bright Sun
and of the quiet stories
of clouds, the wind, the moon
and star filled night skies.

Dewey Dirks

Grown Up

Grown Up

Humans are an infant species
when compared to the
hundred of millions of years
some species have been
around Mother Earth.
Look at all that we have learned
in the two-hundred thousand years
modern humans have been on the planet.
Likewise, we’ve only had civilizations
for around eighty-five hundred years.
How much more do you imagine
we might learn after we’ve been around
six or eight million years like the whales?

Mother Earth, who, in all probability, is alive
has been around for about
four and a half billion years.
How much do you imagine she’s
happened to learn?
The Universe, in all likelihood, also alive
has been around for at least
thirteen and a half billion years.
Imagine what wonders
she might have learned
in all that time—

Before you despair
the state of Mankind
remember we’ve only begun
our long travels in the halls of time.
Personally, I think we are
destined for great things
once we’ve grown up a bit.

Dewey Dirks

Maybe Stooopid. Maybe Not.

Maybe Stooopid. Maybe Not.

The other day I was at coffee having a conversation
with a young woman about some of the problems
humanity faces here in the early 21st century.
It was a nice winter day and the sun shone warmly
with a copper morning glow through the windows as we talked.
I took a sip of coffee as we both agreed that we all live
at a crucial time for our species.
We talked about some of the problems before us
such as climate change and all the wars around the globe.
We agreed that everyone alive today has a part to play
to ensure the future of our civilization and of our species.
She looked worried as we talked about
the difficulties we all face, then she said,
“Humans are evil. We’re like a cancer.”

I said, “Have hope Debbie. Humans aren’t evil.
We’re just a species right in the middle
of a big evolutionary change. The eight thousand years
that we’ve had cities and civilization’s is just a single moment
when looked at on an evolutionary time scale.
Humanity is like a caterpillar going through a metamorphosis.
No one knows exactly what we’ll be like when the change is done.
We all are just a part of the natural biosphere.
Just one species among many.
That’s why it’s very important for all of us to do what we can
to help all humanity turn out the very best we can.
You have to trust Mother Nature to know what she’s doing.”
She looked sad, and said, “Maybe we’re just bad.
You know, just a bad part of Nature. Look at all the trouble
we cause for the environment.”

I said, “Think about it this way—
Around two hundred and fifty million years ago,
long before the dinosaurs, a large number
of volcanoes erupted in what is now Siberia.
The eruptions released a huge amount of nickel into the environment.
This created the ideal conditions for the growth
of a single celled microbe called ‘archaea,’
which used the nickel as a nutrient
and who excreted methane as a result.
Supplied with great amounts of nickel and carbon,
the archea population exploded and they excreted so much methane
that it caused a giant episode of global warming
and this resulted the extinction of around ninety percent
of the species living on the planet at that time.
It was the largest extinction in the history of Mother Earth.

Were the archea evil? Were they bad? No. They were just a species
who happened to flourish when they were presented
with a huge influx of food. They lacked the presence of mind
to recognize and manage the consequences of their actions.
Humans are similar; We aren’t evil. We’re stooopid.
We are very, very good at harvesting and exploiting resources
but historically, we’ve been very dumb when it comes
to managing the consequences of our actions.

Humans are a species that evolves psychologically
rather than physiologically like other animals.
We use our minds and our cultures to evolve and adapt to change.
Only time will tell if we are a species who has evolved
the capacity to use and manage resources wisely.
Are we stooopid still? Maybe. Maybe not.
Our actions as a species over the next
one hundred and fifty years will provide the answer. “

Dewey Dirks

Hear our Song

Hear Our Song

We all live in an astounding moment in time.
Never before in the history of our species
have so many people been so connected to each other.
Never before have we all been as able
to tell one another about our lives, our hopes,
aspirations, worries, and our dreams for humanity.
Never before have we all been so able
to pass on knowledge and wisdom among ourselves.

Never before in the history of our species
have the governments and companies
we’ve created been handed such a powerful means
of surveillance and monitoring of all aspects of our lives.

Never before in the history of our species
has our technological prowess
been expanding at such a astounding rate.
Never before has our species had such a profound
impact upon the entire biosphere of Mother Earth.
Never before in the history of our species
has the question of our continued existence
been so unsettled by the consequences
of our own behavior.

Never before has as the potential for finding solutions
to the problems facing humanity been given so completely
into the hands of each and everyone of us.

Sometime in the next one-hundred and fifty years
we will have passed a crucial crossroads in human evolution.
Depending upon which path we have chosen,
our civilization will either utterly fail
and we will have to start over from scratch,
or we will have learned to peacefully co-exist
here on Mother Earth with all our brother and sister lifeforms;
We will have learned to use our existence
as benefactors and custodians of our grand biosphere.

Everyone alive today
is living at an absolutely crucial time for our species.
It is upon us and the next few generations
to determine the question of whether our civilization
will continue on or perish in the sands of time.
In order to give the best chances to the hard work
the next few generations will face,
it is essential that the generation living right now
give the very best advice,
knowledge and wisdom that we can
to those who come after us.

The say, my friends, that desperate times
require furious dancing—
Anyone and everyone who is creative
in any fashion whatsoever
must let the songs of their creativity now be heard.

Now is the time to bring our voices together.
Now is the time to reach far into the diversity of our cultures
and far into the wisdom of our heritage.
Now is the time for the grand sum of human ingenuity,
technological genius, and artistic creativity
to sing so strongly that the most distant stars
deep, deep in the silver dusted night sky
hear our luminous song.

Dewey Dirks

Pictures

My mother passed away in 2010. Her birthday is this month. Two of her favorite things in life were playing music on her electric organ and photography. She loved to take pictures of flowers and landscapes and she was very good at it. It brought her much joy 🙂 In her memory, today I’m going to post two photos she took.

CACTUS

ROSES

Peace Among Mankind

Today President Obama made a speech before the UN in which he said that no God would condone the actions of the group ISIL and he made the case for nations around the globe to come together to co-operate in the fight against ISIL, the ebola outbreak, and combating climate change. He also said that nations should all strive together for greater global health security. While the Presidents aspirations for greater co-operation among the nations of Earth is very commendable, I have to tell you, Mr. President and other leaders around the world, you can’t exploit, bomb, and kill your way to global peace and co-operation. Just as no God would be pleased with the behavior of ISIL, I’m sure no God would be happy with the long history of exploitation and killing of people around the globe by rich nations such the U.S. and those in the European Union. Mr. President and other world leaders, if you really desire to improve the behavior between nations and people around the globe, I suggest you all put your money where your mouths are and come together to spend five or ten trillion dollars on weaning our civilization from its self-destructive addiction to petroleum. Such an effort would also go a considerable distance in the global effort to lesson climate change, and it would improve enormously the health of people around the planet, so you’d all get three chickens in the pot for the price of one. ‘Can’t argue with that.

Standing Up For The Environment

Hi folks. I know the mainstream media hasn’t reported on it much (of course) but over 310,000 people showed up for yesterdays march in New York City to protest against climate change policy. It’s good to hear that more and more people are taking an interest in protecting our environment and coming out against our cultures insane dependance on petroleum. I hear today that they’ve gathered at Wall Street to protest the contribution of corporations to greenhouse gasses. Once again, it’s good that people are standing up to corporate and governmental idiocy. It really is up to us to straighten out the behavior of our civilization before it runs itself into the ground. It just goes to show that the general population has a better conception of how our culture should behave than the ruling classes do…Keep it up people! Remember folks, it’s not about one country verses another, democrat verses republican, or one religion verses another. It’s all about humanity verses corporate shortsightedness and greed.

Possibility

Possibility

Forget about what is probable.
Concentrate instead upon possibility.
The simple fact that you are alive
reading and comprehending these lines
in a Universe as vast
and varied as Mother Nature
is already an astronomically
improbable accomplishment.
You can be whatever is within
the realm of possibility
and that includes virtually
anything because the realm
of possibility is as large
as the imagination
of all Mother Nature.
You are a sentient part of Nature
and above all, she is your
friend and advocate.
The only trick is to be
as good of a friend
and advocate to yourself
as Mother Nature is.

Dewey Dirks

Enculturation

Enculturation

The other day I was talking
to a young woman, bright eyed
and intelligent as she explained to me that
when she sold something
on Craigslist, she made sure
to arrange to meet potential
buyers in a public place in order
to guard against serial killers.
She didn’t realize, of course,
that the country
is as safe from violent crime
as it was forty years ago
when people didn’t lock their
doors at night and that her chances
of being shot by a cop were
much, much higher than being killed
by a serial killer.

Not long afterwords, I was having
a conversation about climate change
with a man in his fifties, intelligent,
full of experience and informed, as he mouthed
the corporate media’s misinformation explaining
to me that even though climate change
might be real, it couldn’t possibly
have been brought about by the
actions of Man not realizing that the link
between global carbon-dioxide levels
and the behavior of mankind since
the beginning of the industrial
revolution are a certain as the fact
that the ice-caps are melting.

A few days later, I was talking to another
man in his forties, liberal, and well informed
who mouthed the media’s liturgy in some detail
about how America has to guard
against more terrorists attacks
not thinking about the fact that
American soil hasn’t seen a terrorist
attack in alomst thirteen years.

As you leave the fog
that is the mass-media enculturation
of American society,
You begin to see how pervasive
and often misleading the institutions
of our culture have become.

The more you become aware of
the actual state of the world, three things
become resoundingly apparent—
First, virtually all of our mass-media
marches in lockstep with the desires
and goals of American
corporations, military and government.
They want you scared, obedient, and feeling
as though you’re dependent on them.
Second, our culture has trained millions
upon millions of people to be afraid
of everything from the cause
of their own daily aches and pains,
to the beliefs and goals of people
in other countries, to the motivations
and personalities of their own
next door neighbors.
And finally, you become
more and more conscious
of how unimpaired by fear your
journey through life can be.

After awhile, you discover you don’t even
need to be afraid of the institutions,
that are trying to control us,
because when you lie as much as
they do to as many people as they do,
you become increasingly incapable
of recognizing what’s real
and acting in your own best interests
until the day the truth walks up to you
and smacks you upside the head,
which explains our ruling classes
inept responses so far
to global warming, doesn’t it…

Dewey Dirks

On The Front Porch Swing

On The Front Porch Swing

Hello humans, I’m a bacteria
on your front poach swing.
I was born long ago
thousands of miles west of here
high upon the leaves
of a tall palm tree
on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
There, I lived in many different colonies
of bacteria on tiny specks of dust
until the dirt and my colony
were swept up into the clouds
by a windstorm passing
over the Pacific ocean.

I was separated from my colony
and lived with my daughter cells
for many months in water droplets
far up in the white and gray clouds.
Later, I was dropped in a water droplet
as part of a August rainstorm
onto your porch where I bounced
in high speed splashing water onto your swing.

My life cycle is special and because of the way
I divide into two daughter cells, I’m essentially
immortal when my lifespan
is considered by human standards.
I speak to my cousin bacteria
by use of chemicals,
and you can consider me multilingual
because I can speak to many species
of bacteria besides just my own.
I can also transfer parts of my DNA
to other bacteria without reproducing
and viruses can transfer DNA to me as well.

My kind has lived on Earth for billions of years.
My personal lineage dates to long before
humans walked the Earth.
My kind is among the most common
forms of life on the planet.
For every human alive
there live billions upon billions of bacteria.
In myself and my kind, Mother Earth finds
continuity of life and diversity of DNA
even through the mass extinctions that
periodically plague larger forms of life.
Cousins of mine inhabit Mother Earth
high up into the sky
and deep into the ground.
We live in almost every other form
of plant and animal on the planet
all of whom could not live long
without the help of my kind.

I’ll live many more years
upon your front porch swing
in a colony with my daughters
unknown and unseen
by your cumbersome human gaze
and fleeting human attention.

I’ve seen many forms of life come and go.
I’ve talked to scores of different species
Oh! The stories I could tell,
and the wisdom of Earths long ages
I could give you if only humans
had the ears and the hearts
to hear my secret melodies.
Listen now and I’ll sing to you
songs of ten-thousand million lives,
of friendship and hardship,
of love and life and death,
of great alliances and deep mystery,
of seeking souls and of consummation,
spanning the long, long eons,
and carried out on vast stages.

Dewey Dirks

Education

Education

All the world
is pretty much the same everywhere.
There are cities full of people
and countryside outside of town
both farmed and wild.

All the world over,
we work daily,
come home and tend to our families.
There are people we talk to,
people we love, and many people
we see but do not know.

Don’t trust the sitcoms,
talkshows, and news to teach you.
Don’t depend on Facebook, Twitter
and YouTube…keep it real, my friend
Remember, your real education
begins when you leave college
and turn off your TV and smartphone.
All the world is around you all the time.
Nature is a teacher
who will not steer you wrong.

Let the world
and your neighborhood
be your school in life…
Learn from your intuition.
Let your soul teach you wisdom.
Look for kindness around you
—sometimes it’s subtle and hidden
by the false bravado and daily banter
of peoples pride.
We all live under one sky.
We all breath
the same kind of oxygen
and drink the same kind of water.
We all want to love and be loved
we all want happiness and to feel useful
we all feel fear and anxiety
from time to time.

The great lies of our time are three—
That national borders
make us different from one another.
That there is more
that is wrong in the world
than there is that is right.
And that our civilization has removed
us all so far from nature
that we cannot learn from it.

Dewey Dirks