Robin Jones

There Are Hundreds of Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

Oil and white gold leaf on aluminum panel, Image: 24"h x 30w, Item No. 18631,

Insects, including bumble bees, are going extinct at a rate 8 times faster than that of mammals. Bees are our most important insect pollinators and are in sharp decline due largely to pesticide use, habitat loss and climate change. The loss of bees would dramatically alter human food systems- the availability and diversity of fresh produce would decline substantially and human nutrition would likely suffer.

The title of this piece comes from a poem by Jalaluddin Rumi, "Spring Giddiness', which begins:

   'Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
    and frightened.  Don't open the door to the study
    and begin reading.  Take down a musical instrument.
    Let the beauty we love be what we do.
    There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.'