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Perceptual Portal Geneen Marie Haugen

Updated: Feb 12, 2023

Canyon Of The Ancients, Colorado, USA

Perceptual Portal

My antennae sweep and scan

for reception, for a portal

in perception, for a porous

passage to a green breathing

land where every presence

offers itself to be known,

where everything speaks,

even galaxies, even stone,

where interspecies

lovetalk leaps like

flashing fish and flying

dragons in blue-pooled

dream canyons, where poems

sprout from cracked bark

of sequoia and oak, and

madcap music mushrooms

from decay and darkness.

Sometimes human beings listen,

ears tilting in a creaturely way,

tuned to something not entirely

audible though there is no barrier

to reception, and through

this listening we might remember

how to live, hearing the old

voice that still bells forth

from the primal body

who birthed us all,

the old voice reverberating

along tendrils of mycelia

that entwine the human psyche

with the mother tree:

living psyche of Earth.

It’s not a far country or fictional

galaxy, but an unfiltered mode

of consciousness with no screen

to block or deaden the Others

and their always-streaming voices,

their ancient kinships, star-studded

extravaganzas, where even human

beings might harmonize their wildly

necessary sound. I have sojourned

plenty in that stone-talking terrain

but lost the way of return

busy as I was with all varieties

of civilized absurdity,

forgetting I even had

antennae, formed long

before we became human.

But here: a passageway

opens on the mossy edge

of imagination. Shadows

illustrate the way, flicker

and hum their own language.

Praise the revived antennae

and sing with the Others now:

cackling trills, creaking

dreams, moon swoons, rough

poems sprouting from

portals in perception.

Geneen Marie Haugen

Posted with kind permission.

Thank you ~

Geneen Marie Haugen, PhD, grew up a little wild, with a run-amok imagination. Her matrilineal ancestors are the indigenous Sami of the European Arctic. She is a content creator and guide to the mysteries of nature and psyche with the Animas Valley Institute (, and has been on

the faculty of Esalen Institute and Schumacher College. Her writing has appeared in Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth; Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Earth; Parabola; Kosmos Journal;

Ecopsychology, and many others.

Earthsongwave Dawn Chorus. Singing a wave of song at dawn embracing the Earth; singing the Earth with Earth Community. Sing into this self organising ceremony. Resources and more at

Image: Wendy Robertson Fyfe

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