Tuesday is for Thomas, the Earth, and Obama

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In honor of Earth Day 2008, I have decided to post one of Merton’s poems. In case you missed that today was Earth Day, as if everyday shouldn’t be, you can read more about what others are doing here.
Of all earth days, I also suspect this is an important one. There is a perfect storm of global events happening right now which demand our attention. Most of these events and happenings, can be linked back to either a. something that comes from the earth, or b. the way the earth is responding to the wrongful exploitation of its resources by bad stewards. I’ll blog more on this later in the week; however, buyer beware: there are many economists worldwide warning that we are only a few months away from feeling a economic recession worldwide, coupled with the largest food shortages we’ve ever known. This is not only bad news for those who have wealth to be concerned about, it is even worse news for those who can not afford bread or rice or medicine. The proverbial ‘shit’, could be about to hit the fan.
Oh that we might feel the unity and oneness as Merton sought to express it.

O Sweet Irrational Worship

Wind and a bobwhite
And the afternoon sun.
By ceasing to question the sun
I have become light,
Bird and wind.
My leaves sing.
I am earth, earth
All these lighted things
Grow from my heart.
A tall, spare pine
Stands like the initial of my first
Name when I had one.
When I had a spirit,
When I was on fire
When this valley was
Made out of fresh air
You spoke my name
In naming Your silence:
O sweet, irrational worship!
I am earth, earth
My heart’s love
Bursts with hay and flowers.
I am a lake of blue air
In which my own appointed place
Field and valley
Stand reflected.
I am earth, earth
Out of my grass heart
Rises the bobwhite.
Out of my nameless weeds
His foolish worship.
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Also, as I am sure you will be aware, today is a very important primary in Pennsylvania where once again, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are vying for delegates. While Barack has already predicted he would lose today, the main issues is that Hillary should not win by big margin. If you know people in Penn, or are one of them, make sure, regardless of who you vote for, you at least get out and vote. It is your right.
When it comes to environmental policy, i very much favor Barack’s. But hey, anything is better than the current administration.

Have a green day.
joshua