“If your house is on fire, the most urgent thing to do is to go back and try to put out the fire, not to run after the person you believe to be the arsonist.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Breathing in Rocky Wildfire particulates
from over 100 square miles blackened,
my lungs burn figuratively & literally,
breathing out carbon dioxide clean of particulates.
Fatigued, but resting calmly
I fall asleep accompanied by
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s voice
who makes it clear that fire danger still looms
in the coming months and years
for this drought-stricken state.
“I think this is a real wake up call,”
Brown says. “California is burning,”
then, emphatically he asks political candidates,
“What the hell are you going to do about it?” (regarding CO2 emissions, climate change…)
Waking up, I keep breathing in
calmly to clear the air,
while the smoke affects my thoughts.
Where would I be without fire?
Colder, eating uncooked food!
Forests and grassland ecosystems
depend on fire’s power of rejuvenation.
Human presence & actions challenge
harmoniously living with this vital natural force.
Waking with gratitude for having survived
the flames, in lungs, body & spirit.
Sending compassion to the living beings
who have lost home, possessions, habitat
or did not survive this fire; including
deer, squirrels, birds, fish, among others.
Thank you firemen
who face dangers of intense flames & smoke
risking all in actions of love and compassion
for the benefit of all in harm’s way.
This morning a mindfulness bell
sounds like honk, honk, honk, honk.