This image was inspired by the poetry of Even Tomte and will be the cover art for his upcoming book of poetry. It is also one of the last pieces of the Healing series, a journey I thought complete until I began this piece, the circle of life, the circle of healing ends with “Rebirth – Mycelium Magick”.
In this piece I wanted to be able to dive in and out of the multitude of complex and interconnected living structures just beneath our feet.
As the leaf settles on the forest floor so begins it’s end as a leaf, it is slowly consumed and dissolves and sinks under the ground, although it’s time as a leaf is gone life begins again as the hyphae threads grow and weave with each sacrifice, a living structure builds, mycelium connecting and nourishing all life above and below.
Rebirth is the embracing of this beautiful system where every nutrient, every particle of energy is reformed and recycled in to new forms of life. From the Mature Mountain Ash tree to the tiniest of interwoven threads connecting all to this intricate web of life, nothing exists without the others. The healing wisdom of Rebirth; for one part to be healthy the whole system must be healthy.
The quoted stanzas below from the poem ‘The Joy of Being Eaten’ reflected exactly the energy of “Rebirth”
THE JOY OF BEING EATEN
by Even Tomte
(a rough translation from the original Norwegian)
Fall to the ground as an autumn leaf letting go
glide through the air, towards the ground, no going back
Become a part of the woodland blanket, create with your sails
Shelter for mice and beetles, earthworms and snails…
Dig through dirt and roots, feel how it tastes
Mould and leaves and rotten flesh and other tasty treats
You, too, will be a treat when your time is up
All will live, all will die, and nothing disappear…
For a time you will become a living human being
Until you must leave life again, as nature demands it
In the earth you are lowered, again to be eaten
With your dead body all nature will be honoured
Thus life will rise again is ever new shapes
Fish and fowl and apple trees and bats and worms
Perhaps you will again become a leaf on a tree
Before autumn is there and you will fall again.
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