You can feel the fire as devastating
but then the forest is resilient and full of seeds.
On the blackened river, rowing away,
constantly fighting the anchor's weight
and wanting so badly to stay.
All around are the ruins of the green cathedral
and the ghosts there they tell you that it is all healable,
but you barely believe.
So full of promise that you feel you might burst,
roots so drunk with life but still dreaming with that thirst
that first sent them to searching and reaching towards sustenance.
Your ancestors burned down, you grow as an altar to them.
All around there inside you are a green cathedral.
The young shoots and the vines they show you that you are healable,
But you barely believe
Lightnin' Seed is Brenna Sahatjian and Mark Gunnery. They sing songs about herbs, storms, and natural phenomena. They are both members of the Riot Folk Collective and are DIY herbalists, artists, and writers.