In recognition of today being a Global Day of Action to raise awareness about risks of 5G cellular technology, I am sharing one of my electro-aware poems from my new book Devolution, released last month by Caitlin Press.
People who are severely electrosensitive often need to sleep in their concrete basement (if they are lucky enough to have one) in order to get any relief. Walking barefoot on wet grass can also mitigate the effects by discharging the electromagnetic radiation built up in the body to ground. Many electrosensitive people I have interviewed have described these techniques to me, and I have tried them myself.
Gently, gently, at first I was afraid of wasps by day and slugs by night—the wet kiss of soft flesh spread wide in long grass. My slow hunt for wasps by day and slugs by night in this world gone wild beyond the breakers.
In long grass, my slow hunt for a life without shoes, cellphones, wifi. The world’s gone wild beyond the breakers in my basement. I am safe down here in a life without shoes, cellphones, wifi. I count microwatts to fall asleep each night in my basement.
I am safe down here but I can’t remember the reason I count microwatts to fall asleep each night as I thread my dreamy path into the planet. I can’t remember the reason we stitched our lives with frequencies as I thread my dreamy path into the planet and tie the knot with my bare feet. We stitched our lives with frequencies—the wet kiss of soft flesh spread wide as you tie my knot with your bare feet. Gently, gently. At first I was afraid.
“Ground Path” is from Devolution by Kim Goldberg.
Published by Caitlin Press, 2020.