They called it witchcraft:
healing, gentleness, knowledge and skill
That early medicine, not to be trusted.
As years flew by
knowledge was left behind
lost to fear and superstitions.
Then they called it progress:
a pill or a shot
to replace what the mother gave to us
a realm reserved for medicine:
all antiseptic halls and chilled air
to remove us from the comforts of our roots.
The sorcery returns
as we return to the earth:
the goddess who has never left us
though her wisdom was rejected.
The strange magic of plants,
and the green that means life,
bestowing strength and wellness
upon us. ~ Caroline A. Slee