i celebrate

the new story

a better story

the powerful gesture of carrying a reusable mug

riding bicycles and

not owning what we don’t need

local book stores

with paper books

small cafés

with ceramic mugs

telling our children the truth, always, even when it’s difficult

unseen acts of integrity

light rail

dark skies

the painting of berthe morisot, the calligraphy of thích nhất hạnh, the dance of misty copeland, the tao of lao tzu

eating slowly while sitting down

sitting down 

standing up

the innate human capacity to live in tune with elders:

the bowhead whale

the tortoise

elkhorn coral

greenland sharks

foregoing the dominance and

choosing instead to bow to

the quahog and its

deep down diggable ways.