- Nov. 30, 2020
-- Tess Eckert
is a Scape-artist and student of life. That is to say, she is fascinated by creatively exploring the relationship between our diverse inner and outer landscapes. Tess utilizes the embodied arts for community building, youth empowerment and social justice. She was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and has enjoyed exploring and living all over the world, learning how to build bridges and traverse many kinds of real and imaginary borders. She holds a BA in interdisciplinary studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in American Indian Studies at Washington University, St. Louis. She currently lives with her wonderfully quirky father in the traditional homelands of the Southern Ute territory, Salida, Colorado.An Ode to the Wind
I watched you breathe the grass alive
The wildflowers dance like little girls
Whenever you come to visit.
I feel you brush across my skin,
Grazing my cheeks, I blush.
Sometimes your caress is soft and slow,
Sometimes harsh and rushed.
You tickle my nose with smells
Sweet and earthy
Or offend them with smells rancid dirty
I know you're angry when you rattle the trees,
You bang on my windows, until you break them free.
I know you're upset when you wail and whimper
Through the willows, until you're exhausted.
And then you sway us both to sleep
Whispering soothing secrets to the world
Until all that's left in your wake
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