Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
My visitor acknowledged that this drought
& 2014 being the warmest year on record
are serious problems, but cautioned against
being overcome by existential dilemmas.
“It’s a good thing we don’t
live in the 13th century
when life was really hard & uncertain.
Besides, the economy is accelerating”
Later I asked if we could take a walk in nature together.
Let us have an experience of existence
being the breathing,
being the steps
while also being
the trees, the path
the lake, birds, fish
& whatever reveals itself
in each sweet, brief passing
Experiencing, best we could
Later a light afternoon & evening rain provided
the first precipitation in a couple of weeks.
“Let’s celebrate gratitude for this moisture
as Hopi villages have for millennia
when rains blanketed
towering red rocks and scrubby yellow plains;
by offering thanks through song,” I said.
Together we arranged Katsina rainmaking messengers,
along with desert, mesas, sky & bird imagery
to the beautiful chanting of Askuali lolomani
(thank you for the blessings, may all have a good & long life)
by Leonard & Mark Talaswaima.
Produced for my Hopi children’s radio show, Shooting Stars.
Hope you enjoy & feel the blessings
of gentle, life-giving rainfall.