Endangered

You emerge wrapped in a gossamer 
garment of orange and black.
Perilous is your existence and for
all who follow.

Yet, you do not worry
going about the work you were born to,
uncomplicated
in your duty.

Not concerned for power
or prestige.
Not tempted by
image or flair.

You know with certainty why you are here,
what you are about,
how to be of use,
where to rest, whether here or there.

Gentle and quiet, 
like a monk within the cloistered walls,
your life is a prayer
vibrating hope and renewal.

How we have ignored your purpose,
your attempt at redemption
for the land and each living
cell that prospers in growth.

As life dies off
we tremble,
we wonder, when will human
be added to the list.


“You must provide for the redemption of the land.”

Leviticus 25: 23-24

“…moving the breath of God through all creation.”

Mirabai Starr

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

Maya Angelou

Ongoing Resource List: Reading for the Heart and the Mind

  • To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue
  • Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  • The House of Belonging: poems by David Whyte
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Soul an Archaeology Edited by Phil Cousineau
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Listening Point by Sigurd Olson
  • I Sit Listening to the Wind by Judith Duerk
  • Dancing Moons by Nancy Wood
  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

4 thoughts on “Endangered”

  1. Jan,
    you are truly blest with ability and enlightenment to be able to write such wonderfully thoughtful expressions each week. Thank you for being you!
    Love you dear sister, wife of my brother😉
    D.A.D.

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  2. Thank you and thank you.

    Frank

    Frank and Kathy Schweigert

    1655 Blair Avenue

    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    Home: 651-645-4953

    Mobile: 651-208-5621

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