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La Perfeccion

My Honduran neighbor buys a Hummer and washes it every day. Lovingly, he strokes it with the finest lint-free chamois, applying layers of special chemicals to every gleaming surface. He decides to cut down down the silver maple next to the driveway to prevent pollen from coating it and to keep it safe from robin droppings. He removes the tires weekly, to clean the brake pads and axles. After double cafeteria shifts required by the payments he sits in his garage beside the car and lets it idle,...

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The Apple Tree Episode

  My husband climbs into the car loaded with several sacs of apples and mutters, “I had an encounter with the New Boulder.” “Uh oh,” I respond. For my dear husband, late September often means apple-foraging. Through years of cycling the county’s backroads, he developed a mind map of the apple trees along the rights of way. A few years ago we planted a couple of trees on our property and foraging elsewhere has been unnecessary. But our trees, along with many others in the area, took this...

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On Love & Constancy

In 1979 Jadav “Molai” Payeng was a teenager surveying the damage caused by floods near his village. A large number of snakes had been washed on to a sand bar in the river, and in the absence of tree cover they died in the heat. The episode changed his life, as it inspired him to begin planting vegetation on the sand bar and create a sanctuary for wildlife. Thirty years later a 1600+ acre forest thrives on what once was the barren sand bar. He has been at it all these years. What an...

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Poems for the Earth #3

  I admit I have never been a huge fan of Emily Dickinson’s poems, even though I resonate with the themes she wrote about. I have always found a certain anxious nervousness in her writing that I find distracting. Maybe it’s all the dashes and exclamation points. But I do think it works here, perhaps because the poem is intentionally theatrical. In her breathless way she conveys a sense of reverence and delight in the sacredness of nature, and invites our applause. I love that...

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A Poem for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share a favorite poem. I hope to add others through the week. This is a poem I recently became acquainted with, and I am very happy to have done so. I really enjoy the movement in the poem. Rising up in space, and also in time. I love the authority of the poet, and most of all I am struck by how easy it is to follow his instructions… and how comforting.   Earth Let the day grow on you upward through your feet, the vegetal knuckles, to your knees of...

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