Art is My Religion

March 4, 2010

Not Alone

By Michele Spector

In separateness,

We cannot fathom,

Subatomic particles,

Earth’s signature resonance,

Stand upon it’s magnetics,

Know we are not here alone,

But with all our relations.

Recently I pulled a book from my shelf that’s been there for years. I can’t remember where I got it, and never bothered to venture into it, till recently that is.

In it the author explains to the reader that certain words have no equivalent in Native American language. Words such as: waste, guilt, should, it, we, them, us, forget, could, free. But, rather, it is rich in terms of relationships and individualism.

I wonder if we didn’t believe we were separate as we are brought up to believe, but were connected to everything: the earth, every human, animal, plant, etc., would there still be as much senseless war, oppression, and destruction of the environment?

What do you think?


  1. Interesting point. I’ve often sat around shooting the philosophical shit with friends and teachers and come to a point that language is a limiting factor rather than an enlightening one. What I mean by this is that we have all these fantastic thoughts and ideas and connections we all make regarding how we see the world and our connection to it, as well as how our fortunes are tangled up with our friends, neighbors, family, etc. However, when it comes time to share all this cool shit, we have no way of doing it except to use the language we speak, whatever the exact language may be. I think part of being a poet is learning to use a limited system of language while expanding it as far as possible to encompass as much as we can. Anyhow, sorry to run long, but your poem def. struck a chord. Fantastic job!

    Comment by caribbeanfool — March 4, 2010 @ 5:02 am | Reply

    • Thank you so much for your comments. Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, we have to use the tools we have and push them beyond their limits. You are right, that is a poet’s job.

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 4, 2010 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  2. Great post. Interesting comment as well. I think language is an extension of pre-verbal gestures, our earliest connection to others, and our initial means of survival by alerting our caregivers to our most basic human needs. Perhaps it has always been a social process of communication.

    Comment by dustus — March 4, 2010 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was an interesting look at how indigenous cultures are really so far beyond what we have yet to learn. Especially on the importance of respecting the individual, and what we actually value. Maybe some concepts we should just disgard as a species to get a rung up on the evolutionary scale.

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 4, 2010 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  3. The structure of language reflects the underlying concepts and beliefs of the societies that formed it…unfortunately globalization has formulated new concepts…some of which are destructive in nature…nice probing question.

    Comment by slpmartin — March 4, 2010 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

    • Thank you so much for your comments. True, globalization has devalued the human and has labeled us as Main Street as opposed to Wall Street, telling us how to view ourselves. As if that is our only reason for being. So, it is up to us to come up with new concepts to reframe ourselves, even if they have their beginnings in much older matriarchal societies which respect all of earth’s inhabitants, not viewing them as mere plunder.

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 4, 2010 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

  4. Michelle! Love this! And thanks for visiting my blog, Charleston Through an Artist’s Eye, today… Poetry is close to my heart. I will be back! Cheers, Charlotte

    Comment by Charlotte Hutson-Wrenn — March 4, 2010 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

    • I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. I loved your poetry. Yes, please come again. I know I will be visiting your blog again.

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 4, 2010 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  5. I believe you are right. While this is a somewhat complicated topic as it would call for the unraveling of deeply ingrained messages we were raised on, it’s also rather simple. It is simple to think of being connected to other inanimate objects: cars, houses, money, jobs, etc. However, we strive to dis-connect ourselves with our neighbors, coworkers, random pedestrians. When in fact, we are all one. We have similar issues, concerns, joys, sorrows, etc. I do believe that if we felt more connected to this planet we live on and draw from, then we would treat it better. I do believe that if we felt we were connected to EVERY person in the world, we’d treat each other with more love and respect.

    Thank you for writing this because it made me think about my position on this subject and it’s made me accountable.


    Comment by I.S. — March 5, 2010 @ 11:08 am | Reply

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments! I also think of simple marketing, how people equate what they are by what they own. Look at how we are judged immedately at a simple job interview by what we wear! (I hate job interviews!) Are we these symbolic suits and uncomfortable shoes we wear to go to them to be noticed? If all the electricity went out, and the gas ran out tomorrow, how would we feel and think about ourselves when we woke up the next morning? Would we judge ourselves by the same standards we do now or would all that change? Everything today is based on the concept that we are just consumers buying but not making or creating anything.

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 5, 2010 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  6. Michel,

    as week 8 participant, you win one of the five awards available in my homecoming week post, pick one of your favorite and pass to 12 poets from our Rally list, also, u win perfect poet award for week 7, please read the information in my blog and accept the award today or By Friday, let me know what poet (1) u nominate for week 8 perfect poet award.

    thank u.

    Comment by Jingle — March 5, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Jingle. It will take me a few days to get to it. Can you believe I was nominated a couple of awards? I have only been able to get to one so far! LOL

      Comment by Michele Spector — March 6, 2010 @ 12:12 am | Reply

  7. How many debatable answers to that question are there?
    Your first line:
    “In separateness”

    Two words that convey loneliness and isolation in the end you connect us all.
    Well written, with your question at the end pulls out the debate.

    Comment by Gerardine Baugh — March 5, 2010 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

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