photo by dave scriven
David Scriven is an environmental engineer who lives with his wife Lynn in the hinterlands of Western Riverside County. He does volunteer work for a non-profit religious organization, takes pictures, and plays harmonica in a band. He has two grown-up daughters. His photographs have appeared in the book Weird California and in several publications dealing with bugs.
I am an invasive species. A weed.
I do not belong here.
But being here, I belong nowhere else.
I belong nowhere.
I am not born of the Earth, but of many earths.
The desert, the forest, the plains. Swamps. Caves. The stars.
I am an interloper,
Dropping my foreign shade on the soil,
Standing under a sky that is not mine.
I carry my gods and my ancestors on my back.
I speak a tongue sewn together from a thousand stolen tongues,
And I sing songs I have found by the side of the road.
One of them is yours.