What’s in the forest other than integrity?
The whisper of the greenery is
the sounds of cascading waterfalls,
the love songs of elated cicadas play beside hairs of the vines
the voice of the voiceless
What’s in the ocean other than clarity?
The crystal-clear motion is
the bridge for the dwellers to connect
and embrace one another
the kingdom of remaining survivors
What’s in the mind other than austerity?
The powerful sphere of thoughts, inspirations,
that one can lead to expressions, lessons,
to empower one’s surroundings
the seen and the unseen.
Novieta Tourisia is an Indonesian writer and the founder of Maétala Trails. She’s been living in Bali for 3 nonconsecutive years. A locavore and an avid freediver who’s engaged in sustainable tourism, community work, post-conflict development, ecological product design, arts and literature.