Category Archives: nature

Natural Ornamentation Display

persimmon ornaments ~d nelson

Touching beauty
even in those darkest places
gives hope of what’s possible.

Long nights & chill factors;
retreating deep inside
touching roots, holding firm.

Expressing beauty already present
patiently revealed on leafless branches
clearly seen even by the blind.
Like trees, let us proudly
parade our ornaments,
especially our calm smile,
for the world to behold.

We are children of the earth.  We rely on the earth, and the earth relies on us.  Whether the earth is beautiful, fresh and green, or arid and parched, depends on our way of walking.  Please touch the earth in mindfulness, with joy and concentration.  The earth will heal you, and you will heal the earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh (Your True Home)

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Dancing, Embracing Before Fall

“Love one another.” ~ Last words of George Harrison

birch surrendering to the dance ~d nelson

In all our vibrant autumn glory,
graceful dances upon winds & sky.
Blue heaven welcomes us to fall up;
to eternally shimmer & shake
in its immortal jet stream.

surrendering to the dance 4 ~d nelson

Thank you for such an eternal gift
but we accept basic laws of nature.
We accept being rooted to earth,
& impermanent nature of our existence.

surrendering to the dance 5 ~d nelson

Aware of our karmic fate, we rejoice
sharing this brief manifestation, together.
With loving-kindness we embrace each other
Offering a felt sense of connection with touch.

surrendering to the dance 6 ~d nelson

Below, a creepy clown lurking in the woods.
Only those with strongest of roots remain unfazed
by this walking, talking abnormal cartoon of hatred
& his rebellion against goodness, a mutiny against sanity,
propelled by fear and greed and bitterness to hurt, while
perilously swaggering his given power to unleash nuclear winds.

With our greatest empathy & advice, as leaves,
we say, embrace each other, leave no one out.
Holding loved ones lessens the pain;
inviting all, while making the circle wider.
Let no one have to duck & cover, alone.

Collective energy of wisdom & compassion
nurturing acceptance to what is happening;
surrender to what is really happening
on the inside, and out.

surrendering to the dance 3 ~d nelson

In our calm, peaceful hearts & minds
we can act & move wisely into what is scary.
Colorfully shimmering, dancing, soaring,
falling, all according to nature,
what’s in & out of our control.

Leaving this post’s last words to George; give me love

Dog Daze of Summer

amazed starring @ eclipse dog daze ~d nelson

Breathing easier right here
as wildfires across the west
are being put out
& smoke clears across my skies.

at beach without leash dog daze

Record August heat
& now cooler evenings
offer body & mind comfort, locally
as dog daze of summer.

street crossing dog daze

But, elsewhere people,
animals, plants & earth
violently uprooted by nature’s
undiscriminating forces.

Wishing comfort, assistance,
food, shelter & medicine
for those effected by tornadoes,
earthquakes, fires, floods,
worldwide.

May we all help each other
near and far,
as best as we can.

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is not greater disaster than greed ~Lao-Tzu

Tail of a Whale of a Tale

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ~Abraham Lincoln

orca’s tail ~d nelson

During her early years
she was a sailor
seeking calm seas
& fair winds at her back.
A smile on her lips when she somehow
remembered intermittent calm
& fair times in a weather-worn life.

orca’s tail 5

At a recent Assisted Senior Living Center
visit I found her wearing a shirt that fit
her to a tee, with an image of a whale
and a quote,
They whispered to her
“you cannot withstand the storm”
She whispered back,
“I am the storm.”

Proud of her maintaining dignity in a life
colored by men’s ignorant dominance.

In the background, CNN news was blaring
for the benefit of the hard of hearing.
Seemingly several of these elders, animated, energized
began blurting out opinion & commentary;
“This is not normal, not even close”
“Why doesn’t the gov’t care about us anymore?”
“He’s got an interesting relationship with the truth.”
“We’re facing a Code Orange of greed, corruption, vulgarity & malice.”

She laughed at fellow cohabitant’s commotion,
then saying she’s been grieving
over men’s misuse of power.
May the next world be matriarchal,
mothering, 
kind, compassionate
and welcoming 
to all, equally.”

Closing her eyes, a tear as nostalgia awoken
of sailing through the San Juan Islands.
“Quite a tale they told
calling them killer’s whales,
but they are actually dolphins”, she insisted!

orca’s tail 7

I smiled when she said
as I was leaving,
“I’ll get on back home
one of these days.
More Yin,
Less Yang.”
Calmly I breathed
a gentle understanding.

 

Rivers Flow Below Our Feet

Go as a River ~Thich Nhat Hanh

frog woman rock rapid ~d nelson

frog woman rock rapid ~d nelson

Nearly forever this rushing river
has carved its winding route
from California mountains to the sea.

Freely offering her playfully fresh, life-sustaining water
to all living beings; animal, plant and human
who presented themselves before her current.

fish monitor floaters ~d nelson

fish monitor floaters ~d nelson

Up until these modern times
wild salmon swam upstream to spawn,
sustaining many beings which flourished in this ecosystem.

Over-fishing, dams & destruction of habitat
has rubbed out the once vast salmon population.
So-called Aggregate (mining) companies have claimed river rocks,
taking them for free, dredging & altering river’s course.

Even during drought, dam’s releases
are demanded by the vineyards, orchards & others
prospering along the river,
who pay nothing for this water.

Walking through my town or on
San Francisco bay area streets, sidewalks or bridges
I feel the rushing river below my feet
which was crushed into concrete.

calmly rushing river

calmly rushing river

In traffic’s roar I hear a drum beat
faintly expressing salmon’s vow
to again return when conditions allow
many, many years from now.

 

Fall Flowers’ Deep Listening

Listen, listen

Fall's freshness ~d nelson

Fall’s freshness ~d nelson

What does your blooming
inner flower hear
being softly whispered
by these dainty
Fall roses, dear one?

Cycling Park’s Centennial Beauty

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts. ~John Muir; the Unpublished Journals

Yosemite Valley's Tunnel View ~ d nelson

Yosemite Valley’s Tunnel View ~ d nelson

In gratitude to John Muir, Father of the National Park Service
on the park service’s 100th birthday.
I’m cycling along a few of his footsteps
through the jewel valley, known as Yosemite.

Each picture, thousands of words,
what more can I possibly say?
Thank you to ancestors who
cared for this sacred space.
Thank you to those who now manage
and protect this well-loved park from harm.
Lots more about Yosemite here.

Peddling past immense expanses of granite grays,
& forest browns & greens,
following along the Merced River,
touching the vibrant cycles
of life, & of beginningless
birth & death, I smile!

Pollution, defilement, squalor are words that never would have been created had man lived conformably to Nature. Birds, insects, bears die as cleanly and are disposed of as beautifully as flies. The woods are full of dead and dying trees, yet needed for their beauty to complete the beauty of the living…. How beautiful is all Death! ~John Muir; the Unpublished Journals