The Guadalupe speaks;

I had to learn to listen. 

She trickles, 




She murmurs 

and burbles, 



Giggles and gurgles, 

growls and groans,

she flows 

and flows 

and flows. 

Infinitely delivering 

rain to the sea, 

still never too busy to 

whisper to me. 

Single sycamore leaf 

silently sinks.

Ancient language 

we forgot how to speak. 

Being Life in all her glory. 

We’ve forgotten our oldest stories. 

We are Life’s amazing creation: 

consciousness of our situation.

Chrysoprase on a sunny day,

malachite when skies are gray,

emerald green queen:

I am listening. 

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Rachael Lindsey

Rachael is the Director of Science and Stewardship at Hill Country Conservancy. Rachael is a wildlife biologist, ecologist, writer, and poet. Throughout her career, she has prioritized increasing land stewardship and conservation throughout the Hill Country and connecting people and communities to nature through ecological education. She dreams of a million acres of protected, connected Hill Country, and she describes herself as a lifelong naturalist, spiritualist, and "Lorax"—she speaks for the trees

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