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These Hurricanes

Jose Jimenez, Getty Images,Puerto Rico

 

These hurricanes

these

fires

droughts

flash floods

this quaking earth

not the work of Jah or Allah or God

not natural disasters labeled and proclaimed

they are the work of

We

I and I

You and me

they are the work of unconsciousness

of ignorance

of laziness

of ego and fear

They are the work of denial

of bothersome tedious truths.

 

Do we question

contest

with such force

and frivolity

brain surgeons

heart specialists

cancer researchers?

Then why

scientists, doctors, researchers of climate?

 

How to renew

our alliance

our peaceful pact with

earth fire water air?

 

Perhaps one can have all the facts and expertise in the world

but if relationships aren’t built

nurtured

collectively held

with kindness

attentiveness

compassion

why would we believe one another?

 

The time is now

for safe inclusive spaces

where we the people do the analyses

come to the inconvenient troublesome truths

together

share our stories

listen

to understand

our

small vulnerable selves

while weaving

personal spiritual and scientific

tapestries

of believability

so we can

reconnect

realign

reverse

the devastation

lying still

but breathing

beneath OUR feet.

 

by maureen st.clair

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