“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Fog of coastal California childhood
mystical, moist, comforting blanket
limiting outward visibility
encouraging seeing inwardly.
Older now, I sit upon dry dirt
composed of endlessly recycled living molecules
this soil, matrix of life on earth.
Basking on a balmy winter afternoon.
Foggy moments comfort, even now
invoking calm and smiles to my being
energetic connection to earth
it’s understood that we and other beings are made of dirt,
mixed with air, water and sunshine.
Being here, right now, together
such great coincidence
serendipity of fate and karma.
Taking refuge in the fog
from unwholesome thoughts & feelings
reprieve from news, reported and not.
We’re experiencing severe drought
in this western US region,
Governor declares state of emergency.
Ridiculously Resilient Ridge deflecting storms,
zero chance of precipitation forecast.
The golden state normally is green in January.
Breathing in, sunshine
Breathing out, seeds and prayers of rain.
Not hard to imagine California transforming
from an earthly garden paradise, breadbasket for millions
to an arid desert with eroded soil, blown away.
Already drought-tolerate native plants are struggling.
Together, sitting in fog’s uncertainty,
not with heads in the sand,
collective recognition that we
are not separate from each other,
not separate from ecosystems.
Shall we resolve to do the best we can
to conserve, using only what is needed
to peacefully live in harmony with each other,
especially in times of shortages and crisis?
During transition’s window
honor our true wealth
inherited from our mother earth:
these riches of air, soil and water
which sustain life as we know it
supporting children and descendants,
Rising above the fog, resilient
arriving and rejoicing at the clarity
of that beautiful, clear, blue sky’s truth.
Smiling to our beautiful aspiration
to touch the earth,
feeling its pulse, within us.
Today I’m showering with a bucket
and drinking an espresso instead of a cup of coffee.