Letter for Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

• Offering up a prayer and poem

I am disappointed to see the return of GMO corn along the highway on the Westside and the failure of the fact finding committee on pesticide drift, as expected, come to no resolution. (I am) saddened that Mitch Milan of Waimea was exposed to malathion drift as he surfed in Polihale the last week of November. I know that as a group we could be doing better than this and I make this prayer:

The world still goes round

And it still is profound

Life is ambivalent

Is what I think the Buddha meant

Through the darkness and serious madness

Are bits and pieces of glittering gladness

What should be shouted from every steeple

Do we ever tire of the taste of evil

Just what is it about this knowledge

That mires us here in this brutal college

Technology that was to set us free

Leads us back to slavery

Like a virus that kills its host

Is the image that fits this most

What is it that we don’t get

The material world is transient

That we are middle management

To the earth’s environment

And how it is our life is spent

Living breathing sacrament

As this world in two is rent

We would find our way to Eden

If we really wanted freedom

Never pause in our cause

Until we make our way to Oz

Lord pray a spark of grace

To re-ignite the human race

That we might climb from where we fell

Back to Heaven and out of Hell

In this motion picture school

Its not what you have its what you do

And where it is that you abide

At the great soul divide

Kelly Ball



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