The Mowed Meadow; An Extended Meditation

“Whatever preserves and enhances the meadow in its natural cycles of transformation is good; whatever opposes the meadow or negates it is not good.” Father Thomas Berry 1. The meadow was mowed this morning sometime between the morning dew and noonday heat. Initially, I blocked out the drone reverberating through the neighborhood. But now I am standing on the edge of the field where a vibrant ecosystem once bloomed and buzzed amid red-orange Indian paintbrush. All that’s left are clumps of death, drying to straw in the summer afternoon sun. An inexplicable sense of betrayal roots me to the...

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