“Sechelt Image,” height
20”, photo: Hilary Stewart. Wilson Duff comments, “His head is
powerfully masculine, and he clasps a huge phallus. . . . Below the
phallus is a vulva. The phallus has arms, which clasp the man. His
ambiguity is absolute: ‘male strength’ is also ‘mother and
are earth. Earth is the lover. Earth is the body of us.
germinates seed and nourishes the roots of plants. It receives all
and gives even more bounteously, taking nothing but our mortal
bodies for itself. Inside the darkness of the earth lies all that is
dead and gone, and all that will become.
is the image of the whole planet, Gaia, the complex entity that is
our world. Origin, original goddess, nurturing womb and home: earth
is the woman we love, when we are lesbians. The man-spirit of earth
is also gay, mortal tree-god, androgynous son of the virgin mother.
is soil, dark mystery. Being gay, we can admit the darkest corners
of our hearts. Earth is the complexity and energy of wildness. We
are the wild ones. Wild is who we are and where we are at home.
is unconscious knowing: the energy of roots snaking through the dirt
and mouth seeking clit to suck. Hand pushes into us; child pushes
out; green shoots push through the soil in spring. Intuitive
knowing, born in dreams and yearning, connects us magically with our
lovers and our world. ▼
Wilson Duff, 1975 (28).