Tunes for a Monday Morning

The animals that we are


From "A Prayer for a Wild Millennium" by Terry Tempest Williams (an essay published in Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert):

"I believe we need wilderness in order to be more complete human beings, to not be fearful of the animals that we are, an animal who bows to the incomparable power of natural forces when standing on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, an animal who understands a sense of humility when watching a grizzly overturn a stump with its front paw to forage for grubs in the lodgepole pines of the northern Rockies, an animal who weeps over the sheer beauty of migrating cranes above the Bosque del Apache in November, an animal who is not afraid to cry with delight in the middle of a midnight swim in a phospherescent tide, an animal who has not forgotten what it means to pray before the unfurled blossom of the sacred datura, remembering the source of all true visions.

Brooklyn street art by Ericailcane

"As we step over the threshold of the twenty-first century, let us acknowledge that the preservation of wilderness is not so much a political process as a spiritual one, that the language of law and science used so successfully to define and defend what wilderness has been in the past century must now be fully joined with the language of the heart to illuminate what these lands mean to the future."


Mythic fiction and mythic art speak "the language of the heart," and can, I believe, play an important role in the fight to preserve wilderness and the wild for our children's children's children.

The wonderful paintings and drawing above are by the Italian street artist Ericailcane, based in Bologna. Please visit his website to see more of his work.


Love the art! And this continuing thread of quotes on the importance of wilderness, which is really speaking to me right now, urban creature though that I am. As someone (Michelle?) mentioned in the comments for an earlier post, there are aspects of the wild in cities too and I find myself newly focused on them. Thanks for that. Ta.


In San Francisco we have coyotes on the hills and in Golden Gate Park. The only coyote I've seen here was about ten years ago, trotting on a sidewalk in the southern part of the city. Double take! I have photos of raccoons on the steps of my old basement apartment; they posed :). Often smell distant skunk. Saw one once, scuttling under a car. Love going to Santa Cruz Shakespeare because of the deer on the pathways to the outdoor theatre. Santa Cruz also has oceanic beauty, pelicans flying a foot over our heads and once in a while leaping dolphins. These Ericalecane paintings are awesome.

I love the boldness and abundance of wildlife in America, even in the cities. There's wildlife here too, of course, but not nearly so omnipresent. I've seen rabbits, foxes, badgers, and deer in the woods and on the hill behind our house, but they're very, very shy. And no coyotes, alas! I miss their midnight desert songs.

Fantastic paintings/drawings.

Ditto to midnight desert songs. A message from a moonlit world; a message from the otherness. A message directly to my heart.

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