Photo Competition Climate Crisis Submission - Desert

This image + text emerged from our collaborative arts residency at PLAYA* in Summerlake, Oregon US.

Hummingbirds, Bees, Motorcycles, and the Grid:

Amid the buzz of human progress
Are the rumblings of our origins
Calling on us to remember where respect lives
Honor in the bones of living things
Though we hear
We beg for new bones
We beg for more blood
We beg for more time
Knowing full well
There isn’t a shard, a drop
There isn’t a

PLAYA in Summer Lake is located on the ancestral homelands of the Klamath Tribes. It was traditionally Yahuskin Paiute terriorties as well. The federally recognized Klamath Tribes are three confederated tribes, the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahuskin. You can learn more about the tribes at their website: With gratitude to Ka’ila Farrell-Smith for teaching us.