Hath September | Day 23 | The Geography of Hope | Cristina Eisenberg

September 23, 2012


The morning news is of hijacked aircraft
shattering concrete, glass, steel,
someone’s mother sister husband
running in terror and chaos caught
between floors. Buildings collapse
on flesh and bone and my sorry thoughts
spill out the window to the landscape
of my dreams—what Stegner once called
the geography of hope. I want to plant myself
where wind soughs through growing green trees
and deer wander belly-deep in sun-browned grass.
Mountains speak of a greater power that
surrounds, sustains, and gives life meaning.
Even it can’t alter the news.



Cristina Eisenberg is a writer and ecologist with a PhD in
Forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University. She is
the author of The Wolf’s Tooth and the forthcoming The
Carnivore Way, both published by Island Press. In her
scientific research she focuses on the ecological effects
of wolves on whole ecosystems. She is a Black Earth
Institute Senior Fellow.


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