I’m a recovering English teacher.
Metaphor—A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract
This is not a metaphor.
The familiar voice of Paul Ciano, our public radio weatherman, accompanied me home.
I’m a big public radio fan, especially while driving.
Trying to contain my news intake these days,
I was happy to hear his familiar voice
That used to be
It has been a quiet weather day in much of our northeast New York and western Mass today.
You might notice the sky has a hazy appearance, at least in many spots.
That is a direct result of the smoke from the wildfires out west
That has made its way across the country.
That is why the sky has been less deep blue.
I remember hearing when I was young
Flapped her wings
We will feel it
I found that hard to believe.
It didn’t seem—
We are one.
I have no words.
I look to Mary Oliver.
She tells us:
The god of dirt
Came up to me many times and said
So many wise and delectable things,
On the grass listening
To his dog voice,
Frog voice; now,
He said, and now,
And never once mentioned forever
Now, Mary says,
And never once mentioned
I walk down my familiar dirt road.
The god of dirt
Meets me here.
Oh, how I love this road.
Zac the Dog,
Zac my Dog,
Loved this road.
Together we shared that.
With each step,
Of the things
In our universe,
What to do?
How to feel?
How to respond?
I see the trees around me,
These New England sturdy ones.
Autumn touches them already.
This one stops me in my tracks.
She is beautiful.
And she teaches me,
This glorious tree.
She tells me.
Let us value more.
Let us see more.
Let us appreciate more.
Let us care for
As best we can.
There is only now.
Never once, a forever.
Friends here is Greta Thunberg from December 2018, in a Ted Talk called, Save the World by Changing the Rules. Give yourself these ten minutes to listen to her wisdom.
As we enter the Jewish High Holy Days, may these Days of Awe renew you and refresh you. May you and your families be well and be safe.
May we have a good and sweet year, no matter what we are given.
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