the Art of Nesting

I wrote this poem when a group of friends and I were working in a food forest together. We slept in what we called “The Big Bed”, usually four of us together but at times we were six. Every night when we settled in for sleep, we individually spent at least 5 minutes arranging our pillows and blankets. As I was hilariously watching my neighbors arranging their sleep-space, I was catapulted to an alternate dimension where I could see small animals preparing their nest and I could see such similarity in our ‘bed prep’. I laughed and told my neighbor, Kush, “are you making yourself a nest?”

That moment sparked an idea within me. I wrote this poem the next day.

‘The Big Bed’ and its occupants… From the lefthand side, I’m the third one in line.

the Art of Nesting

i’ve curiously observed animals

setting themselves up for snuggles

finding a place to lie, gathering supplies

recollecting old lullabies

first, a comprehensive look is taken at the place of rest

the length, the depth, and the comfiness is assessed

then, a Great Gathering takes place

essential creativity in setting up this microspace

the basics, the classics; fabrics and blankets

pillows and fellows; inconspicuous banjos

secret stashes of snacks rescuing insomniacs

well out of sight for the soon-to-be amnesiacs

massaging pillows, getting the right consistency

arranging everything to be all warm and fuzzy

the lucky ones with a partner

get to solve the puzzle of their limbs together

so such is the Art of Nesting

its adepts perform it with playful undertaking

if ever you find yourself engages, about to commit

remember to relish every single moment of it.

Our Dream

In a utopic world, humans would be living in harmony with the natural systems of the Earth, with all living beings, and amongst themselves.

Such a world would be organized in a panoply of small self-sustaining communities where humans would be working alongside the land to produce food, medicine, fiber, fuel, building materials, and tools. The forest being the most biodiverse (thus resilient) and abundant system of nature, most of the communities would be nestled within the woodlands.

Living in small co-creative communities would require the specialized talents of every single individual, hence making everyone feel fulfilled in their work. People wouldn’t have to work much either; strength comes in numbers and two people working together can accomplish much more than two individuals working separately. By accomplishing all communal work together, people would have time to work on creative projects, and – most importantly – to educate the children. A lot of energy would be put into facilitating personal growth, skill development and intellectual pursuits of the children, as they would be the foundation of the community’s sustainability.

Everyone would be consuming according to their needs, without excess. Dwellings would be as small as possible for the wellbeing of the humans living within it, and things like cars and tools would be shared communally in order to reduce the number of them. This philosophy of minimalism is intertwined within deep respect for the forest and Nature, as She nourishes and sustains everyone and everything. Humans would experience that profound interdependence on a day to day basis.

All communities would be linked together through appropriate technology ethically produced by communities that have easy access to those resources. Each community would specialize in one industry, related to their geographic location (hence, their resource accessibility), and trade with others for things they cannot make themselves. All communities would have the opportunity to come together at different times of the year to trade technologies, crafts, tools, food, medicine, or clothing that would be specific to their region. Ideally, solar-powered trains would link all regions together, facilitating travel for merchants.

People would lead holistically healthy lifestyles, rooted within a strong sense of belonging. Humans would be vibrating at such a high level of consciousness that hatred, anxiety, anger, jealousy, resentment and such negative emotions would not exist. Peace and harmony would reign, within and without, as people would remain equanimous regardless of the situation in which they found themselves. This is our dream. This is our future.