Variations on a theme . . .
A lone and battered green car sits
under a massive grove of Redwoods,
chiding me for my undue attention to striving
rather than life
amid the bronze fields of corn and wheat
waiting to be harvested,
stumps smothered in the snow
proclaiming we are dust
and to dust we shall return.
The automobile brings us speed,
transports us to rank consumerism
driving us further away
from the soul supporting tree of life,
whose many branches
vibrant, exuberant existence
transcendent soul forces
in infinite patterns of beauty.
So it must be dust to dust,
bodies no longer
populate earthly plateaus
after the ephemeral,
not held in the arms of grace,
branching in limitless dimensions
that hyper consciousness
rising to the great I Am.