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Sheila Forsyth: And now birds sing

Sheila Forsyth
Sheila giving opening remarks at Eco-Jest-Us.

Some of the strength of the event is giving time to consider our place in the universe, rather than tromping on only aware of the human dramas.

Below is an excerpt of what Jennifer Vallance [pictured here] gave a dramatic reading from.

It comes from And Now Birds Sing, a play by Sheila Forsyth, a play put on by BearAmI:

Celebrate the species that procreate only by the full moon … moonfish, polychaete worms, horseshoe crabs.

Changeless since the Paleozoic moon, perhaps observed by the round eyes of some ancestor of ours … perhaps not.

[…] you and I had plenty of midnight forays. … Our special nights, ones with the choicest of high tides. And we’d be like the horseshoe crabs on a full moon … Advance onto the sand like a huge invading army in two waves.

[…] Males line up … like a legionary guard and wait until the females emerge from the deep water … and they mate, as they have done for millions of years

At this border of sea and land, untouched, unchanged since the days of the trilobites … they obliterate the barrier of time.

Is it us watching, or our ancestor a million years ago?

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