Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation

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EPILOGUE:
AS THE DEER LONGS
FOR RUNNING WATERS

This epilogue returns to the psalm that inspired its title. Its purpose is to say that there is much left to say. Its purpose is to say that many things I have said could have been said in other, perhaps more “gracious,” ways. I conclude by pointing to the tentative character of this song of hope marked by pain and perplexity.

It is the song of an exile who longs for return to her land, to her God, and to her loves.

Let us make this song/lament into our final song as exiles on our own earth, which is divided and plagued by boundaries and by prohibitions on entering and leaving. A strange song of exile, sung within our own body and feeling that it barely belongs to itself … the song of one who seeks answers and knows that the few she will find are fragile and ephemeral.

It is the stubborn song of one who seeks, despite everything, the beauty of the ephemeral, of that “something” that always escapes us, even when we insist on trying to hold it fast. It is the song of one who seeks to rediscover arms and embraces, love poems, and reasons for beginning to hope once again. It is the song that is born of the body, and born of the earth. …

An earth where the number of displaced persons increases … of refugees, prisoners, and the homeless, of those who are hungry for love and for bread. An earth that is burned, robbed, exhausted,

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