Up above. Laws of physics on display. Shape, sound, size, trajectory, gravity, inertia. The list goes on and on. Here and there. But for how long? A stoppage looms, at least it feels that way.
A coyote sits on the patio when I wake. He looks at me with eyes that say “I was here first.” I give him space and listen as he lights up the area with his howls and high pitched cackle while the neighborhood dogs respond in kind. The balance tested once again. Ancient vs modern coiled like snakes mating near the waterline.
Freedom is a funny thing. If you are like me you are taking a moment to understand, once again, the fragility and greed of our high-tech world. The things we take for granted because we can because we always have. We talk about things in terms of “hundred-year” events but each decade sees the timeline fall like the soldier in the Capa great.
Sitting outside and looking up. An act that would seem to be a daily occurrence for most humans but when was the last time you did this? For me, it had been a while. It’s amazing what’s up there. And what soon might not be.
A wind shift and temperature drop. Clicking of rain on the skylight. My fingers cold as they press the keys. Clouds of pollen blossoming orange in the breeze. And now we wait. I wonder if we can learn from this. Are we too far gone? I don’t think so. I think we can and we must. Learn that capitalism has limits, as does the planet. Limits we passed long ago and in the worst of taste. I knew a child once whose first word was “mine.” Get it before someone else does. But here is the thing. Right now, right this second, I think I feel more about YOU than I have in a long time. I feel like you and I are closer than ever because the facade has been stripped. We are just fellow humans. Nothing more. I feel community.
Perhaps we’ve lost our footing, at least for the past few decades, and surely for the present, but we can get it back if we forget about the limit and focus on the foundation. This means, simply put, life-changing decisions for all of us. Adaption. Improvisation. We turn the river card but don’t yet know the outcome.