WHY? by Esther Johnson

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Copyrighted by EstherJohnson, Esther Johnson 2010

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Linaji has graciously written a poem to accompany this image! Thank you so much Dear Linaji!

Do we forget who in our land we decimated before us? Now at the hands of hell
we reap what blood we sewed on our occupied territories..
We are not without sin.

■Keep Forgetting…*
Here I am made up of water and land
my bones creak a bit
but that is what happens when I keep draining
my self-respect away,

I stand naked in tears of my own doing
and ground my fears into China

I don’t know what to do as I am being
raped and pillaged
My connection to ‘Her’ feels fragile

But she is stronger than me,
She will cradle me as I fall pray to
easy living with disregard for my true nature

Who are ‘they’?
But me
if I do nothing
to ask this to stop.
Who am I fooling?
Who am I hurting?
I lay here in the sludge and the muck and say
“Why are you not listening”?

Is this hell?
To feel this helpless as I fax my congress and senate
Tell the president he will surly burn somewhere if he too
has made this unholy pact.

with unholy actions
bringing unholy witnessing.

Last time this happened the natives here on this land
took their bodies and their ancestors to the grave.
Is this the curse we were given?
that we too wouldl be be driven from our homes
and forced to see the bitter side of forgetfulness..

Oh dear God this has happened in this land before.
We are cursed.
Linaji 2010

Image Created in Poser8, Photoshop CS3, I used a Wacom Intuos3 Tablet and a Topaz Clean Filter in Photoshop.

map of the earth Credits: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights).


  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardover 4 years ago

    Esther you are amazing and this is so wonderful cannot stop looking at it

  • Thanks so much Kym

    – Esther Johnson

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardover 4 years ago

    Very Poignant

  • Thank you Kym

    – Esther Johnson

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiover 4 years ago

    Amazing concept. Intriguing image

  • Hi Andy. Thank you

    – Esther Johnson

  • mhkantor
    mhkantorover 4 years ago

    wow! fantastic.

  • Thank you so much M

    – Esther Johnson

  • saseoche
    saseocheover 4 years ago

    Excellent work done well!

  • Hello saseoche. Thank you

    – Esther Johnson

  • banrai
    banraiover 4 years ago

    absolutely amazing

  • Thanks so much banrai

    – Esther Johnson

  • NelisArt
    NelisArtover 4 years ago

    Oh my God, this is soooooo beautiful!!!

  • Thank you very much Nelis

    – Esther Johnson

  • mummy2alison
    mummy2alisonover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful translation of the devastation. Awesome

  • Thank you so much mum.

    – Esther Johnson

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 4 years ago

    spectacular work! wow!

  • Helene,Thank you so much.

    – Esther Johnson

  • Alembic-Lynx
    Alembic-Lynxover 4 years ago

    this is fabulous ..wow !!!!!

  • Thank you Alembic

    – Esther Johnson

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