[Rotting Silver] “Haiku Collection: Rebirth” by B. T. Newberg


The caws of black crows

Perched in weeping willow greens

Cheer a sober dawn


Quietly rotting

The corpse rejoices, for soon

It shall become grass


The living Goddess

Not clinging to Her godhood

Becomes an earthworm


She marvels at what

Mysteriously came forth…

The Earth from Her womb


A lonely crow lights

On a lonely tree. At last–

Lonely together.


Rotting Silver is a column devoted to this Earth in all its tarnished radiance: poetry, prose, and parables of ugliness alloyed with joy.

This piece was first published at The Witch’s Voice.

The Author

B. T. Newberg

B. T. Newberg:  Since the year 2000, B. T. has been practicing meditation and ritual from a naturalistic perspective. He currently volunteers as Education Director for the Spiritual Naturalist Society, where he created and now teaches an online course in naturalistic spirituality (including Naturalistic Paganism!). His writings can also be found at Patheos and Pagan Square, as well as right here at HP.

Professionally, he teaches English as a Second Language, and hopes to begin a PhD program in the psychology of religion soon.  After living in Minnesota, England, Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea, he currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and cat.

After founding HumanisticPaganism.com in 2011 and serving as managing editor till 2013, he now serves as advising editor, and feels blessed to be a part of this community.

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