Friday, 19 of January of 2018

Tag » Mother Earth

Gary Snyder – Piute Creek

One granite ridge
A tree, would be enough
Or even a rock, a small creek,
A bark shred in a pool.
Hill beyond hill, folded and twisted
Tough trees crammed
In thin stone fractures
A huge moon on it all, is too much.
The mind wanders. A million
Summers, night air still and the rocks
Warm. Sky over endless mountains.
All the junk that goes with being human
Drops away, hard rock wavers
Even the heavy present seems to fail
This bubble of a heart.
Words and books
Like a small creek off a high ledge
Gone in the dry air.

trekeartA clear, attentive mind
Has no meaning but that
Which sees is truly seen.
No one loves rock, yet we are here.
Night chills. A flick
In the moonlight
Slips into Juniper shadow:
Back there unseen
Cold proud eyes
Of Cougar or Coyote
Watch me rise and go.

–Gary Snyder

Ramon – When A Tree Falls In The Forest

There is a silly zen koan which asks if a tree falling
in the forest makes any sound if nobody is within earshot.
I emailed Mom for the answer, as follows:

imagesTo: Mother Earth
From: Me

If the world’s what we just hear and see,
Then it seems that it really could be:
When a tree hits the ground
And no human’s around
All is silence. Please comment. Love, Me.

To: You
From: Mother Earth

‘Tis sad you still need to discover
All life is your sister and brother.
So when trees start to fall,
They all hear. Most of all:
I’m always nearby. Love, Your Mother

Uncle Ramon
(Nickname of Life Insurance Salesman Robert Amon, aka:Ramon, get it? US Prosecuting Attorneys insist on calling it an “alias.”)
November-December 2001 Earth First!

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