In the shadow of events yet to come

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Lava field, Lanzarote — photograph by author

he majority of the burning has come in the last 25 years — since the premiere of Seinfeld. Since the end of the second world war, the figure is about 85%. The story of the industrial world’s kamikaze mission is the story of a single lifetime.” The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells, 2019

The wind patterns woven in the waves,
the mountains reflected in the pool at sunrise
the brightness of flowers among the meadow grass.

Surely, the way we live and love,
surely, they are thus.

But the summer heat has come
and the mountains, like the shore in fog, fade
to a phantom shade of grey
lost in the fine white haze.

I listen, but what I hear
is what isn’t said.
Along the street,
dust shifts sullenly,
stirred by events that are yet to pass.
Something is coming,
already on its way.

Somewhere, in cracks and corners,
the silent spaces are filled with wild
and quiet is not alone.

Perhaps, again, the stars will draw closer,
and all we’ve forsaken will return,
What was forgotten will be recalled.

In the span of a single life, the unimaginable has come to pass. Scaled up, market-driven manic greed, for more and again, has fueled a desolation. Supersized appetites. Addicted to more beyond all and any reason. We have squared the root of Manifest Destiny . Staked claim and counterclaim. For what? Accumulation we discard with the next season.

Systems and cycles being what they are. What is tossed comes back to us. Bobbing up along the shores. Brought back up the food chain. So, now, in outrage, we ban and call for action. But our habits betray us.

fter a concert in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Several thousand fans who should know better, likely have the woke bumper stickers on their cars, buy green and eco. This crowd, left drifts of plastic cups on the concert grounds.

don’t know where it comes from,” he said. “It’s not like we go crazy buying stuff, but, you know, we’re packing out, it’s only been three years, where does it all come from? It’s not like we need any of it. And now, we throw it all away.”

in a single lifetime,
we have thrown it all away.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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