This time it’s about the Humber Continue reading “More terrible poetry”
The land here was taken from marsh and sea for farming and industry
When the rain comes down in buckets for days, we see,
The marsh returns and the sea reclaims it’s property.
This is a map of Lindsey in the early Mediaeval period, approximately 700 C.E.; as you can see there’s an awful lot of marshland making, with the rivers and sea, Lindsey effectively an island. Much of it was, and remains, low lying farmland. From the 16th century onwards, with the help of Dutch experts on draining and reclaiming land, the marshes and fens were reclaimed as farmland. Several coastal towns and villages expanded on to these drained marshes. Industry has made use of these ‘reclaimed’ areas, especially along the Humber bank, where direct access to the deep water channels make it easier for cargo ships to bring in raw materials for the those factories – many chemical factories, and, until they were forced to clean up their act, also provided a convenient dump for industrial waste.
Reclaiming is a misnomer; we never had any claim to the marsh, fen and tidal land, and it was never taken from us to be reclaimed. The draining of the marshes was a claiming of property for the enrichment of land owners, ignoring the people – human and otherwise – who had lived their for generations, whose place it was.
When it rains heavily for days on end as it has done for the last few weeks, the land floods and for a while it’s reclaimed by the marsh, reminding the local human population that we’re not the only ones here.
Inspiration for this post:
I went to collect a parcel from the sorting office yesterday morning, opposite the entrance to the industrial estate on which the sorting office is located – and very close to the Humber North Wall – is a triangle of land. It is used as a parking area for lorries. All of this built on drained marshland; some of the parking area is grass. It was all underwater and waterfowl were happily floating around on the surface. The fields and newly planted woods (10 – 16 years old) that I walk my dogs in are soaked, making them difficult to walk through without churning up the grass and leaving thick, soaking wet clay. It’s a reminder that the landscape we see isn’t unchanging.
Why do Christian bloggers – and I mean for the most part American Fundamentalist or Evangelical Christians – insist on tagging their posts ‘pagan’, ‘paganism’ or ‘polytheism’? I’m not referring to Christopagans by the way.
I have read a few of these posts and other than screaming about Catholics being not-Christians, they have nothing to do with paganism or the pagan blogging community. Unless they’re trying to convert people to their particular form of Christianity it seems rather ridiculous to tag something obviously aimed at fundie Christians as ‘pagan’. That might be the purpose, I suppose, as they seem to believe anyone who doesn’t follow their particular brand of Christianity is a pagan. ‘Seem’ of course if the operative word here; as I’m not part of their belief system how am I to know precisely how they see outsiders? It is possible to gain some idea from reading their blog post, and of course from reading the work of those who’ve ‘escaped’, or left the cult, but my interpretation is still mediated by my own prejudices – I’ve read enough to know how toxic fundamental Christianity can be to women and children (I review books, I get to read all sorts of stuff) so I’m unwilling to give them the benefit of the doubt and I give their pronouncements a negative inflection because of that.
I’m still not giving them the benefit of the doubt; the only purpose in tagging a blog post ‘pagan’, knowing that the majority of readers of that tag will be pagans of one sort or another, is to get your attempts to convert in front of the target audience – pagans – and try to convert us. Luckily, it’s usually only two or three a week and some are repeat offenders. I can scroll past them, although some can be jarring when you’re scrolling through a page of people talking about their experiences or rituals, or seasonal festivals, to have a ‘Christian’ screaming in ALL CAPS about something or other which is completely irrelevant to the majority of people looking at the posts tagged ‘pagan’ etc.
Anything to add?
Morning all. I’ve been ill, but that’s the perfect time for reading I’ve found. Today I’d like to introduce you to ‘Your Face Is A Forest‘, collected essays and poems by Rhyd Wildermuth. Rhyd wrote this book in 2014 and his second book, ‘A Kindness of Ravens‘ will be available from the 20th. Continue reading “Book Review: ‘Your Face Is A Forest’ by Rhyd Wildermuth”
Happy new year and all that. I got some money for Xmas and immediately bought Enchanting the Shadowlands by Lorna Smithers, a Brythonic Polytheist in Lancashire that I’ve had some conversation with and whose writing I admire. She is a poet and story teller, and will be editing the second issue of the Gods&Radicals journal, A beautiful resistance. Lorna’s blog can be found here; I thoroughly recommend you read it. Continue reading “Book Review:Enchanting the Shadowlands, by Lorna Smithers”