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Learning little-by-little to love our only world on #earthday2017

April 24, 2017
starfish

Starfish

I am not big into resolutions, although I have a goal to challenge myself to get out of my “comfort zone.”
As I move into summer 2017, I want to promise myself this: appreciate the Earth’s grandeur as Mary Oliver expresses in her poem, Starfish.
while I lay on the rocks, reaching into the darkness, learning little by little to love our only world.
We live on a precious planet that while resilient in some respects is constantly being assaulted by our reckless habits.   If you want to see the implications of our uncontrolled growth and demand for more and more things, read this piece in yesterday’s New York Times, Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food.  If we continue to show little respect or love for our planet, where will we be in the near future?  A world without starfish?
Here is Mary Oliver’s wonderful poem for inspiration to love our planet.  It comes from her book of poetry, Dream Work.
STARFISH
In the sea rocks,
in the stone pockets
under the tide’s lip,
in water dense as blindness
they slid
like sponges,
like too many thumbs.
I knew this, and what I wanted
was to draw my hands back
from the water – what I wanted
was to be willing
to be afraid.
But I stayed there,
I crouched on the stone wall
while the sea poured its harsh song
through the sluices,
while I waited for the gritty lightning
of their touch, while I stared
down through the tide’s leaving
where sometimes I could see them –
their stubborn flesh
lounging on my knuckles.
What good does it do
to lie all day in the sun
loving what is easy?
It never grew easy,
but at last I grew peaceful:
all summer
my fear diminished
as they bloomed through the water
like flowers, like flecks
of an uncertain dream,
while I lay on the rocks, reaching
into the darkness, learning
little by little to love
our only world.
~ by Mary Oliver ~
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Bob Ryshke
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