Ashes and Embers

25 Jun


It used to be so lush and green
and now thick gray smoke hangs over blackened land
and the burnt carcasses of pine and saguaro.

The mountain will survive, even prosper in the years to come.
Not so the bear and the bighorn,
our sisters and brothers
whose homes were canyons and rocky peaks.

Stop today for just a moment and ponder the sad reality of
ashes and embers, the suffering of the mountain,
and the distress of Creation’s beloved creatures.
Stop for a moment and become one with them.


2 Responses to “Ashes and Embers”

  1. Jane Streubel June 26, 2020 at 6:05 am #

    Roger, your words are always selected with complete thoughtfulness. I always feel in harmony with your morning message! Appreciate you more than you realize. May your day always find goodness!

  2. TS June 26, 2020 at 10:01 am #

    So MUCH I have been thinking lately about the wildlife on the mountain, so thank you for this piece. Would that people could care about all living creatures, now during this devastation, and always.

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