Work Yet To Be Done

Commonplace Capers, No. 08

In his fascinating study of gardening, “Second Nature,” Michael Pollen proposes that our incessant fiddling with the soil and the plants is inherent to our species, not just as culture, but as an evolutionary survival strategy, one that has worked in our favor.

Of course, this incessant fiddling tendency of ours can be also linked to the horrific impacts our species is having on the planet. Is a bomb nothing but a gardening tool? (Pollen does not propose this, I do).

The impacts of the world wars last century on the landscape are a fascinating study waiting to be published, unless I missed it.

And our carbon discharge every time we drive to the store, is it not but an unconscious fumigation technique gone awry.

Man will never be above nature. Man is nothing but nature. Nature has little need of man.

Go, Go, Godzilla

The shear power of the greening–

if science knew how to measure

(which it pretends to), well,

as Walt Clyde Fraser might say,

making an NBA call on the radio,

it’s both confounding

and astounding my friends.

The force of life,

erupting this spring,

as in springs past,

yes, life on planet earth–

both confounding,

and astounding.