Beautiful Lies


The sky tonight is pink and blue, a poetry sky. It spans overhead like a serene blanket of calm. It holds soft promise of sleep undisturbed by storm.  

I have come from visiting a friend. We spoke for hours about climate change, our concerns for a planet that is filling up with garbage, the violence of mankind toward the earth and toward each other. We wondered what the future holds for our children. We talked about the work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas and about oil fracking. We touched briefly on spiritual matters, her Christian Science background, Tantric Buddhism, and the twelve Kalis. Over the hours together we covered a lot of ground and still had time for a delicious meal and a bottle of wine.  

It rained during dinner, cats and dogs for a few minutes, then settled into a light sprinkle. I texted my driver and told him I was ready. He arrived and I straddled the motorbike for a quick, refreshing ride home arriving just as the sun was setting. I paused to gaze at the raw perfection of that sky. How beautiful. No matter what we pump into it, CFC’s, carbon monoxide, sulfur, nitrogen, industrial wastes, at sundown it puts on a magnificent show. We don’t deserve it. Maybe if it were dirty gray, maybe if day after day the grime of it blocked the sun, maybe if we couldn’t escape the reality of the damage we are doing…maybe?

I ususally try to finish a post on an upbeat note, but search as I might, I can’t find the positive spin for this one. I suspect there may not be a ‘feel good’ ending to this story.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lottie Nevin
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 07:52:07

    I think you know my thoughts on this one 😦 re my ‘What a waste’ post

    I’ve just read an article about how much Green Turtle meat the Balinese are still eating – it’s so wicked – these animals are a threatened species. When will all this madness end Sherry? Love from cross, sad Lottie X



  2. Shane McRae
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 13:47:52

    Earth abuse leaves me speachless. The problem is so big, so important that anything I say sounds insignificant. The only thing I know to do is personally act as responsibly as I can. Sherry, my concern is that you are right about no “feel good’ ending to this frightening story. Thanks for the reminder in your excellent article.



    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Jan 21, 2013 @ 17:04:12

      Thank you for your comment, Shane. It is so big, and t’s easy to ignore because it isn’t ‘in our face’ every moment of every day. I think if we all knew the whole truth of the matter it would scare the daylights out of us.



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