Returning to One
Knowing from the inside out —
the black bear’s dreams
during winter’s quiet —
the feel of face
tucked to living fur —
the movements while sleeping
the warmth of life slow-breathing
the rise and fall of consciousness
the sustained or short awakening
to smells’ potent greeting
and hunger’s rhythmic panging —
with unsteady rise and wobbly first steps
we receive the spring as one,
the living other.
Some recent quotes from New York governor Andrew Cuomo on combatting the coronavirus outbreak (among other things):
[In response to federal government statements and action]:
No one is held harmless from reality.
Being angry is a luxury. We don’t have that luxury. Let’s deal with the facts.
There’s a strength in the fact of “all of us”.
This is going to change us. This is going to form a new generation, and it will transform who we are and how we think.
We have to do both public health and economic development.
Leadership is helping us see where we need to go, why we need to get there, and how we are going to make that happen. Leadership calls upon the strengths of the community, as individuals and as a nation, as a member of the world family, to build something new together. Something essential to our humanity. Something requiring a bedrock vision of who we are and what we can be. Something founded on heart, decency, compassion, energy, and unwavering commitment. Leadership asks for our help and makes us want to give it freely.
Let’s start getting there!
And speaking of evolution, I wax evermore nostalgic for Neanderthals. Anthropologists confirm that Neanderthals buried their dead with tender care and were probably not the brutes we thought they were. (Is it a human survival trait to think anyone different is a brute?) Neanderthals also did not plague the planet with concrete or pollute beyond health our air and water. Small-community interaction seems steadily more appealing, as well.
Hoping for good health for our world community!