Called to Make a Comment



And that is just the point… how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. “Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?
~Mary Oliver

Some mornings it is impossible to stay a silent observer of the world.  It demands a response.
The overnight wind and rain have pulled down nearly every leaf, the ground is carpeted with the dying evidence of last spring’s rebirth, the dropping temperatures robing the surrounding foothills and peaks in a bright new snow covering.

There can be no complacency in witnessing this startling transition in progress.   It blusters, rips, drenches, encompasses, buries. Nothing remains as it was.

And here I am, alive.
A witness.
Called to comment.
Dying to respond.






7 thoughts on “Called to Make a Comment

  1. Oh, so beautiful. And sometimes, we’re really in that second when we realize yet again that this world and all its perfectly timed intricacies and seasons would’ve been made even were we the sole inhabitant!


  2. As I read Mary Oliver say, ‘Here you are alive. Would you like to make a comment?’ and Emily’s vivid portrait of nature’s solemn preparation for nature’s winter’s sleep in her timely observation that ‘…it is impossible to
    stay a silent observer of the world. It demands a response,’ I could not help but juxtapose both thoughts
    with the latest slaughter in Afghanistan, in a hospital staffed by volunteer Doctors Without Borders.

    We have a grave responsibility to not forget for a moment the endless slaughter that is being perpetrated
    by the United States in the name of its citizens. Our comparatively new nation once represented the greatest
    experiment in Democracy for all peoples. We cannot claim ignorance of the atrocities that are being
    committed in our name, using our tax dollars and with our tacit knowledge and approval. We learn about
    these killings and devastation almost instantaneously via the world media. WITNESSES?

    Yes, WE ARE WITNESSES to this and to other killing and devastation committed by us and by other
    nations with whom we are allied — particularly in the Middle East and in Africa. The latest unprovoked
    sneak attack took place on Saturday, October 3 in Afghanistan where heavily-armed U.S. gunships
    are reported to have bombed a hospital, killing and seriously injuring at least 59 people (doctors and
    medical staff, and several patients (including three children) who were incinerated in their beds as
    a raging fire swept through the hospital. Some people are reported as still missing.

    This attack is the latest of numerous killings and brutality that our armed forces have committed against
    defenseless civilians in one more country where we have no legitimate reason to be, nor has a formal
    declaration of war been designated. These actions are coordinated and carried out by our
    government– those people we have elected to speak and act in our name. What sick irony!.

    There is a new term used in this and other recent ‘conflicts’ that our government and its Defense
    Department use to designate victims: COLLATERAL DAMAGE! The victims of this undeclared
    ‘military action to make the world safer’ are no longer defined as people (flesh and blood human
    beings). Instead we have chosen to use a euphemism to hide the reality of our covert murder.


  3. Fall is that peculiar season which rots and rips our world apart, ushering us into frigid near barrenness, and yet we smile and embrace it’s singular beauty.  It’s the most wonderful thing.  I LOVE how you’ve captured it in word and image!


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