I promised to talk about plants, as a form of stopping a run. Yeah, a run. Very great stuff. Like this.
The Rhine, Looking Southeast to the Lorelei, the Siren’s Rock
If you would like to refresh your memory by having a look at the run of the Rhine, and its Celtic and post-Celtic stops, you can do that here. Otherwise, look at the run stopped in musical intervals below, if you will.
These waterings of the air on blue-bunch wheat grass are not the plants I mean. Nor are the willow catkins below, following the same pattern, although they are the stops of a flute.
Here’s another run, a pine run, that comes to a lovely stop of flowers and twigs… soon to be branches and a cone. Look at the splash it makes!
And here’s a run through a peach three, that I have stopped to increase its lateral flow. Yeah, that’s me, like a beaver in a pond.
And here’s a water that has stopped in a dark pool of choke cherries.
And another water nearby that pools around the stop of a stone. It spreads the flow but doesn’t stop it, because it doesn’t stop the capacity of the hill to water. Pretty hard to stop a thing like that!
In fact, every bush on the way down this water is a stop in the run.
So, here’s the thing. I didn’t say plants for all of these stops, because these are not plants. A plant is a point of focused energy, from which a run can erupt, and open, and flow. Think of it like this: the Earth is energy; it erupts.
Vineyards in the Mosel
It can be guided to erupt in very specific ways, in relationship with human social bonds across time and community.
Non-Industrial Vineyards in the Mosel
Ownership and private property rights are a use to which this relationship is put, but are not this relationship.
Gardening is Hard Work
We are looking at energy flows here. Here’s some of that flow, that came from a seed:
Weird squiggly willow flow, at any rate! This willow, however, is not a plant. It is the flow that erupts from the point that is a plant-ing, which is to say if you open the earth it will water (or vatn, as they say in Icelandic.) This weeping will form in the shape of the land, either as an á, an aqua (an open mouth, an O, a flow), or as a læk, a lick or a lake (a sound made with an open mouth and a stopped tongue, way back… try it!…our ancestors made our words with the only language they had, their bodies… our bodies). One runs and one stands, and so we call a lake “standing water.” Here’s a nice water in East Iceland. Not a lick.
What I want to point out is that one can interrupt a flow to create a point of industry, which harnesses the flow, in a slave relationship…
… or one can make a plant in it …
… and harvest the excess of the flow that wells from the plant-ing. We are dealing with energy relationships, not objects, which means that the cross jammed into the sacred Celtic site on the Rhine below…
… has ended a flow of energy out of the earth, and replaced it with an abstraction. This might be justified, or it might not, but two things: first, the rock was not obliterated, because 1. the church did not have that much power over the people; it had to settle for a kind of land claim and hope to change hearts and minds over time, and 2. artificial intelligence is not far away. This “claim-in-place-of-a-plant” is the root of privatization and the long-standing struggle between the church aristocracy and the landed one, which is still pushing the people this way and that. For the people, well, do note that the wild grapes that have been cultivated around the stone, also a sacred Celtic symbol, continue to work and move energy through human society. Sure, they were once controlled by the church here, but people have a way of asserting their rights to the Earth over time. That is will. These vineyards are a wilderness, a will deor nes, a wild animal cape, in which the wild animals are humans — herded by their social structures but breaking out into a scamper upon the earth at all points. Planted there, with each grape vine, shall we say, and taking root. These ancient Celtic vines are still a wilderness, capable of creating social bonds, even though more wire is used to support them than is used to support the church in that cross. So why a cross, why this particular stop in energy? What does such a fatal stop achieve? On Monday, we’ll talk about that. Until then,
The Mosel Solar Collector in June
Radio Telescope Version 1.0
… time to get out planting, I think.