Mother Nature

Today you wear a garment of white,
your jewels shimmer in the morning light.
Tomorrow you might show your wild
fierce nature, but today you offer peace.
The surrounding stillness invites me
to journey inward, sing the song of my heart,
rest in the cave of this winter day, release 
expectations, even for the flutter of a moment.

You take life, yet who can deny your beauty 
even as you cut a swath across the land, dance 
a whirling dervish and lay waste to all before you. 
You bring joy when you stand tall in your resilience
and draw our eyes to your oranges, greens, and reds. 
Now, the birch bends, leaning toward prostration, 
touching the ground in darshan with a prayer of supplication, 
Help me support this heavy burden. 

Prestige, finances, position, or heritage are irrelevant to you. 
Your beauty and destruction are one. There is no separation. 
It is in your nature to quench our thirst then suck us dry, 
to gift us with your beauty then turn our heads in fear, 
to be a compassionate mother, then devour your children. 
We do our best to be aware, to take precaution, to bless you 
in each day, and at times bow to the futility.
Mother, we are in your hands.


(Bending Birches Photo, December 15, 2022 )

“I think Nature’s imagination is so much greater than man’s, she’s never gonna let us relax!”

Richard Phillip Feynman
 

“My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness.”

Michelangelo

“Many call this process ‘the destruction of nature.’ But it’s not really destruction, it’s change. Nature cannot be destroyed.” 

Yuval Noah Harari
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