Buddhism, veganic gardening, compassion, and the vegan life calls all to deepen our relationships with Mother Earth and each other. Live sustainably, authentically, and lightly on the Earth. Manifest compassion for all sentient beings. The world is an altar. Worship in love.
a black bear
has just risen from sleep
and is staring down the mountain.
in the brisk and shallow restlessness
of early spring I think of her,
her four black fists
flicking the gravel,
her tongue like a red fire
touching the grass,
the cold water.
There is only one question: how to love this world.
I think of her rising
like a black and leafy ledge to sharpen her claws against the silence
of the trees.
Whatever else my life is
with its poems
and its music
and its cities, it is also this dazzling darkness
coming down the mountain,
breathing and tasting; all day I think of her – her white teeth,