The Ornament

Nasa Photos of Earth From Space

Nasa Photos of Earth From Space

As seen from space
this earth appears to be
a gorgeous tree ornament
meant to be hung at Yuletide
upon the boughs of a perfect fir
as if on the Orvis Christmas catalog
But within it’s cracking at its seams
plates grating on pressured plates
trees pumping out less oxygen
as forests turn into stumps
rivers flow with the blood
of not`so`free markets

“By expenditure of hope, intelligence, and work,
You think you have it fixed. It is unfinished by rule.
Within the darkness, all is being changed, and you
Also will be changed . . .” ~ Wendell Berry


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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9 Responses to The Ornament

  1. Morgan says:

    So sadly and powerfully true


  2. Damn those Orvis-clad capitalists!


  3. gabbartrip says:

    The most precious and priceless “stone” indeed..

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This is very powerful.


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