Issue #35: WOMAN

Women and plants belong together like cacti and sunshine. Since the beginning of time women have been nurturing life in all its forms; this month on The Planthunter we’re celebrating this rich connection and legacy. We’ve got an abundance of womanly wonder planned, including a chat with Sydney’s most influential plant-loving woman, Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

We’re also celebrating the women who create beauty and change through their exploration of the natural world and love of plants. We’ve got stories exploring eco-feminism, healing herbs for women, plant hunters, bees, books and more. There’s so much oestrogen filled goodness coming up, it’s hard to know where to start.

Let’s start then with Mary Oliver. Because she’s a phenomenal woman. And her poem Wild Geese touches on so many elements of what it means to be alive. The beauty and pain, the loneliness, and the absolute joy of being human. Because regardless of gender, we’re humans first.

Wild Geese
By Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
In the family of things.

Image of artist Tamara Dean from our regular The Dirt series from issue #23: RITUAL