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Footprints in the Windsm # 1957–Skill-worthy

Footprints in the Windsm # 1957

Dying—the wrestling of dying—
is skill-worthy
and you worthy of that skill
study those who are
at least don’t back away
don’t run
stand in that raging wind
for such a poet
this work is not difficult
it is the hardest could be
—and there are no promises


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 24th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1956–Forward-looking generation

Footprints in the Windsm # 1956

We are a forward-looking generation our eye on future possibles and aspirations seldom feeling the ground beneath our feet those ancestors and shunning to hear around us those others and species and formations making up our habitat and symphonia. What if we opened our nostrils and caught a whiff or two of the about and sought for with among all?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 20th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1955–Push off in your canoe

Footprints in the Windsm # 1955

Push off in your canoe
into waters chasing waters
which have already flowed by
into waters way out ahead
those waters which have yet
to fall as rain
and are way behind
see: the past is ahead
the future is trailing
and even this is good:
this river will turn you


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 17th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1954–Living off our savings

Footprints in the Windsm # 1954

To explore: Why must we insist on increasing our income, even our competition, in this covid time? We are the richest country on the planet: can we simply choose to live off our savings for a while? The rub is that there are those who do not want to release the stockpiles to help others to live. This is causing the angst.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 13th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1953–After this–Turn

Footprints in the Windsm # 1953

After this we will turn
we will choose for life
—or not


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 10th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1952–This haste

Footprints in the Windsm # 1952

Resolution:
Let’s not let this haste
Make waste our
Population
And its humanity


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on May 3rd, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1951–Turning in your hand

Footprints in the Windsm # 1951

There is no safety
Safety is a lie
Told as if true
Living is mystery
Turning in your hand


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 29th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1950–In covid time

Footprints in the Windsm # 1950

We have in covid time a season for our minds to lie fallow.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 26th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1949–Cabin fever

Footprints in the Windsm # 1949

Cabin fever is better than Covid fever.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 22nd, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1948–Covid culture dying

Footprints in the Windsm # 1948

In this covid-19 time, something in our culture is dying. Mightily we deny. After death we cannot go back. And death is necessary to human life.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 19th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1947–We will again shake hands

Footprints in the Windsm # 1947

These days find: the tender, kind, real part of the ones you meet; open this part in yourself to yourself and them: in our human core, adjectival as we are, we turn one another in an unfinished dance.

We will again shake hands
but will we be this real?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 15th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1946–Danger of small steps

Footprints in the Windsm # 1946

The danger of a future of small steps is there is no chance of over-againstness, of new.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 12th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1945–Pandemic interruption

Footprints in the Windsm # 1945

Is this pandemic an interruption
Or is it our generation’s main path?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 8th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1944–Withdraw your last three thousand

Footprints in the Windsm # 1944

Withdraw your last three thousand
To spend on something very very kind
Your old ones have a seed within
Your young ones have so seldom heard
Water the seed with far-sight
Place stories in the young ones’ ears—
Upon the ancient hills
Winding among the old growth trees
Thigh-deep cross the crashing waters
Beside the crackling campfires—
Walk with them barefoot


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1943–Kids need to learn: your response?

Footprints in the Windsm # 1943

Kids need to learn. Grandparents need to nurture. We need to meet.

We could video record ourselves reading a book for the grandkids. We could do this for our grandkids to start: take the load off their parents trying to home-school. We could post to some Web video sharing site. We could have a video conference meeting on what we could do. (I’m planning one; do you want an invite?)

What ideas do you have? Please email me with those and tell me what you will do this week.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on April 1st, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1942–Coronavirus: Oldsters reaching out

Footprints in the Windsm # 1942

Saw a news story last night about youngsters playing music and singing on videos for oldsters. It triggered for me stories I had seen about prisoners recording bedtime stories for their children, and about grandmothers tutoring children half a world away. Our elders in isolation could do similar things, spelling parents from home schooling tasks, perhaps. Telling stories of how things were in the past (reminiscent of The Foxfire books), recounting the library that each oldster is. Recordings of these could go in the family and community archives.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 28th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1941–A good long while

Footprints in the Windsm # 1941

If it’s going to do us any good, this pandemic will have to last a good long while.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 25th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1940–Like a dream our old life vanishes

Footprints in the Windsm # 1940

The sun came up this morning
The water yet crashes over the falls
Birds to one another call today
Yes they know of our fright-filled disease
In some deeper longer knowing
~~~
There is a stream beneath that holds as one
The crashing waters and the still
~~
Like a dream our old life vanishes
Shouldn’t this crisis be slowing to a calm?
~
There is a stream
We’re of this stream


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 21st, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1939–The real dangers

Footprints in the Windsm # 1939

What are the real dangers of the world around us? Bullets? Diseases? Our shrinking from loving?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 14th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1938–Faith in your doubts

Footprints in the Windsm # 1938

Have faith in your doubts. I doubt we are a people as divided as we are telling one another.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 11th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1937–Four times we might just live

Footprints in the Windsm # 1937

Four times we might just live
once in experiencing
twice in writing reflectively
thrice in rewriting for the generations
fourth when another reads the lesson we did not see


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 8th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1936–Cheap hope, dear hope

Footprints in the Windsm # 1936

There is a cheap hope, a hope for results. It is cheap because it denies anything will get in the way. It is cheap because it brings fear on the other side of the coin, therein devaluing the hope. There is a dear hope, the deep “ability,” as Vaclav Havel wrote, “to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.” This deep hope is anchored not in outcomes but in work for specific people.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1935–Not our words

Footprints in the Windsm # 1935

Not our words
are we elders
to generations
of grandchildren
more a
tune in the wind
needing a practiced ear
and do we
practice giving
our ear
to our ancestors?


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