Monday, April 22, 2013

We live here

We live here.
Well, not exactly, here in this awe-inspiring supernova (photo courtesy of NASA), but our little, lovely planet Earth exists in the midst of space, in the dark wonder.

We are the luckiest of organisms to live, breathe, run, sing, imagine and create--all because our planet evolved to allow sentient life.

And then we make bombs and poisons. We level forests and slaughter animals to extinction. We throw trash on the ground, dump chemicals in the precious water, like Earth is something we can buy another one of whenever we use it up.

I've been thinking of going on hiatus, because my posts are sparse these days. But it's Earth Day and this blog is my little soapbox in the universe. I'm, no doubt, preaching to the choir, with the folks who read my blog. Still, I have to shout out: Do what you can to save this planet. It is the only one we've got.

I love Earth. That is all.

(credit: NASA)


Laurel Garver said...

I've missed seeing you, my friend, especially during National Poetry Month. :-)

Bish Denham said...

It's so disheartening that we are s**tting in our nest. But you know what? The earth will survive, we might not, but she will. She will recycle and remake anew and if we aren't here to see it, she won't care.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*waves at Laurel* I miss you! I meant to write haiku, but I've been trying to channel all energy into my rewrite. Maybe I'll write a few lines before the month is over. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Bish: Whoa! I'm sifting through the notion of being recycled, although of course we all are in death. Even the Earth itself will recycle someday. It's humbling to think about.

Anne Gallagher said...

Happy Earth Day! I've been recycling for years and hope it does some little good. I think though, once the Earth decides she doesn't want us here anymore, we'll be gone. And I don't blame her. Maybe the next set of humans will treat her better than we do.

And thanks for my birthday wishes.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I've missed you! I always check for "Talespinning" in my blogroll but I understand the need to channel your energy into what is most important. I love every post you put up and especially this one... "I love Earth. That is all." I wish more people felt like that.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Anne: Everything we do helps, but it's true we may have let it go too far. :(

Yvonne: I miss you, too! If I don't stick to this manuscript rewrite, I'll never finish and that's not an option.
I think my posts and visits will just have to be sporadic for a bit. I hope all is well with you.

Donna said...


Unknown said...

We enjoy your posts, don't worry about them being sparse. Earth day always brings to mind one of my favorite poems, by one of my favorite poets, Gerard Manley Hopkins

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; 5
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; 10
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings

Phoenix said...

I am feeling the same way lately - thinking of going on hiatus as I try to figure out what to do with my blog and what purpose it serves - but I'm glad that you're still around. I love hearing your thoughts and reading your posts, for what it's worth.

I love Earth too. I wish I felt that we, the human race, were doing a better job at taking care of it. So much of humanity embarrasses me these days. I want to apologize for all of it.


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*waves at Donna*

Laraine: How lovely of you to share a favorite poem. Thank you!

Phoenix: I really, really love reading your posts. Sorry I haven't been visiting anybody much lately. I don't know if I'll stop blogging, just like I'll probably never stop writing, but, for now, I want to concentrate on finishing the WIP.

And, I understand what you mean by being wanting to apologize for the human race.

Sarah Laurence said...

A late Happy Earth Day to you! The images are gorgeous. I do hope you keep blogging, especially about YA books. I love your reviews and photos.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Sarah: Thank you, thank you. I'm sure I will keep sticking around, just not post as often. I love visiting your blog and seeing your reviews and gorgeous photos, too.