Totem truisms

I wanted to revisit this post to give you more information about the artist that skillfully carved the very soul into this 800-year old fallen cedar tree, transformed now into a transcendent totem pole. It stands at the new Oregon State University Longhouse located in Corvallis, Oregon. The artist’s name is Clarence Mills of Vancouver, B.C. Click on the link below to read more about the life and times of this truly amazing totem and its creators…

http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2012/800-year-old-fallen-cedar-tree-transformed-into-totem-pole-for-osu-longhouse/

The ancient eavesdropper

Windows

Stand next
to this totem pole
and trace its smooth
cedar-inscribed characters
with a steady eye,
graze your hand over
heartwood,
feel the pulse
of ancient ancestry,
smell the wafts of
sweet grain
growing
in the light of day,
its sacred spirits
evoking your soul,
no longer shrouded in
modern society,
for you are part
of the whole,
this diverse
belonging
and
boundless
becoming
of one pathos.

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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