Morning Meditation: August 12, 2013

Appalachian MountainsMonday is a day when business and busyness begins anew. Today, check out a poem by Appalachian, James Still. Still was a writer (and one-time Bible salesman) from Knott County, KY. Through his lifetime, he saw the destruction of his native land at the hands of coal companies even as he told stories of struggling coal miners.

His voice in this poem, from River of Earthshows a painful but amusing perspective on business and beauty in his home region.

‘Mine Is a Wide Estate’

I am wealthy with earth and sky,
Heir to far boundaries of field and stream,
And scarce can keep track of so much property:
Cloud-herd, dew-diamond, midge and bee,
Wasp-way, wind’s wisdom and the foxfire’s gleam —
I am rich despite a seeming poverty.

Mine is a wide estate. It is a legal jest.
These are a neighbor’s hills, those a stranger’s.
Who owns the water’s speech, the hornet’s nest,
The catbird’s mew, the grassy breath in mangers,
And who in cricket song and mayfly nymphs invest?
I am possessor and possessed.


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“Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.”

~ Jerry Garcia

In case you didn’t have time to watch Obama’s hour-long speech (video) on the changing War on Terror, best to check out the NYTimes’ coverage of the main points and the Code Pink interruption (video).

According to Russia, Assad has agreed to take part in peace talks with rebels and Russia may withdraw support for the human rights abuse addict.

Sure, it may give us real news in a refreshingly “treats us like adults” way, but isn’t Al Jazeera just the Qatari government trying to get our guard down?

Despite a nuclear threat from a psychotic child savior to its north, South Korea has taken the time to create the world’s most rigorous carbon market. What’s our excuse?

Feeling blue? Treat yourself to some found poetry from the Google search box.