I watch evaporation

on the roof shingles

as the sun slowly rises

I watch evaporation

of a single jet contrail

the flight path much quieter

than usual

I watch the evaporation

of what I took for granted


the free movement of people everywhere

touching my beloveds

I watch the evaporation of illusions

that the earth will always tend to our needs

that the stock market is a tangible thing

that I am a sovereign nation

I watch crocuses opening

I watch daffodil buds unfurling

Drowning in bird song

All of life’s moisture

recycling invisibly

above me and all around me

Wake up

take care

we are still breathing the same air

Diary 4/4/20

“Around the world, seismologists are observing a lot less ambient seismic noise — meaning, the vibrations generated by cars, trains, buses and people going about their daily lives. And in the absence of that noise, Earth’s upper crust is moving just a little less.” Harmeet Kaur CNN reporter

Think about it- only on Christmas Day does the earth get a similar break from all of our noisy activities. How can we deny that the results of our human lives affect the planet? “The earth’s upper crust is moving just a little less.” I had no idea. It makes perfect sense, but it is astounding information to me. I had no idea that our impact on the planet is connected on so many more levels than I even understood.

4 thoughts on “Evaporation

  1. Thank you John, and we are bound to share that which arrives through our fingers to write (and paint). May we continue to inspire each other for a very long time to come.J


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