Late Summer Sweetness

Late Summer Sweetness

Mornings are cool, with a breeze that rises from the river and sings through the Pines. The sun comes up lazy and slow to peer through drifting clouds and Oak branches. Yellow flowers abound, the tiny gold stars of Wild Lettuce and the rolling curves of Mullein blooms. I sit in the river and let the current roll around me, listen to the water talk to me. Days like this, I just listen, and let all my words empty out into the sparkling sand. Sometimes, it’s better to be without the words, to allow poetry to be what it is: wild, deep and wordless.

A few days ago, five of us wandered up the arroyo to gather Beebalm and Evening Primrose – Darcey and I stopping to taste nearly every little Artemisia plant and Ptelea tree. There’s so much richness right now, that it’s hard to describe it. Everything is green, growing and blooming. Of special note was the single Chokecherry tree we found with nearly ripe berries. Since we hardly ever get any Cherries here we (and especially Rhiannnon) were very excited and we have plans to visit frequently until they’re fully ripe so that we can get a few before the bears raid it.

The CoffeeBerries and Manzanita berries have a growing blush, and we’re getting ready to head up the mountains for Blackberry harvest. And soon the Prickly Pears will be purple, fat and ripe as well. This morning I gathered a few small bunches of aromatic American Pennyroyal (Hedeoma) to dry for tea.

The days are busy but beautiful, I hope to be a bit more present in the near future with some new ~amazing~ flax gingerbread and donut recipes, and some new plant monographs as well, so be on the lookout.

3 Comments

  1. Henriette
    Aug 11, 2008

    How funny that you’re writing about yellow flowers at the same time that I am … I did a series (in Finnish) and they’re coming up one a day on my blog now. Perhaps I’ll do green flowers next ;-)

  2. Neoteric Wolf
    Aug 15, 2008

    Dear Kiva Rose,
    I find it important for me to write to you now seeing as I have only read about you tonight and have only spent about 20 minutes on your site, and I feel that I know you and I can feel the energy of the area you live and thrive in. I am enticed by the wilderness and the raw, natural surroundings that should be more prevalent in our world. This is why my words are in your eyes.
    A very good friend of mine told me about animacenter.org because a friend had described it to her as an amazing group of people in an amazing place who do amazing things. These are not her words, but the energy translated into a language which is easily understood. My friend is a lover of all things, and I believe, not only because she believes, that she has the soul and energy to be a medicine woman. I see her wilting in this society of take and take, and waste and hate, and I am drying up as well. It is very difficult at times to live in a “civilized” society where real life seems lost and our surroundings are vastly plastic.
    My goal in writing you this reply to your blog, which is beautiful by the way as are you, is to begin a communication with you and all those who surround you. I read some of Wolf’s articles and I found them to be enlivening and enlightening. I felt the same energy when I read your words. The difference I noticed was your soft, yet wise and well weathered attitude which would make any person comfortable. You have so much to share with the rest of the world I find it extremely important that you do share your knowledge and your positive spirit, so for that I thank you greatly.
    My words get away from me at times, but perhaps I was meant to write without waning. My intention originally was just to say that I love what you do and what you have to say. I intend to share your vibrations with my good friend, and perhaps someday our feet will walk the same barefoot path.
    The only question I have for you right now is one of sustenance. Do you grow most of your food, do you have to go to the market, do you have food delivered, how do you and your friends stay well fed and healthy? I am very curious. Perhaps you have written it in your blogs in the past, but I figured I would just ask you directly. I am assuming you are vegan as well, so I was wondering where your major source of protein comes from. So that’s two questions, but you don’t mind do you? :)
    Thank you again for all you do, for the healing, and the prevention of illness, as well as the spiritual healing that this Earth and its inhabitants so desperately need. Thank you also for taking the time to read this. I wish you many blessings and much happiness.

    Namaste :)

    p.s. I am interested in becoming a Shaman and I would like to know if you have any advice for a young man. Where should I start? Should I ask Wolf? I love you guys by the way. I feel like I know you, but I don’t at all really. It’s beautiful! Life is beautiful! :D

  3. Kiva Rose
    Aug 15, 2008

    Hi there, thanks so much for your many sweet comments!!

    Food is tricky here in the Gila, because the land is really too delicate for formal agriculture so much of it is wild. We still have to order organic foods through a local cafe and buy produce etc at our local grocery store though. We’re not vegan at all, and are in fact, dedicated omnivores. One of the most sustainable forms of nourishment here is wild meat, so we eat elk, deer, rattlesnake, beaver, duck, blue jay and so on as our main forms of protein, including organ meat. This is the way of the indigenous peoples, and the way kindest to the land and ourselves.

    Thank you again for reading, many blessings to you.
    Kiva Rose

    ps You might consider taking the shaman’s path course we offer (which Wolf primarily teaches), I think you would find it very helpful.

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