I have a friend I may have mentioned before, as it makes no sense that I allow her such a strong presence in my life. We disagree on most of the issues that are important to me. Still, somewhere beneath her misinformed views, she has a good heart. And honestly, some of her outlooks amuse me. For example, my weather app will be predicting an absolutely lovely day at the same time she is warning me to stay indoors or die.
Because she complains so much about about the new weather patterns, the heat domes, the drought, the wildfire smoke, I explain again and again about unnecessary consumption, and fossil fuel contributing to climate change and the fact that if we spent the money we will sustain from these extreme weather events to transitioning to renewable energy immediately, there might be a scrap of hope for homo sapiens surviving beyond a couple generations. She tunes into far right news stations and doesn't believe the necessity to change and so on. During this most recent period of lockdown from intense heat, her weather channel finally brought up the slowing ocean currents as a concern and she remembered that I've been mentioning this worry for awhile, so it occurred to her that perhaps I had an insight into some of the factors that keep our beautiful biosphere working the way it does... and she asked me how long I thought we had. Then she said, I don't know what religion you are, a topic I deliberately avoid with her, and she launched into the last chapter of the Bible...and you can't dispute the Bible she told me...and began with all of the Armageddon stuff again, throwing in the absolute invincibility of Nostradamus while she was at it.
So it is Sunday morning and many Christians are at worship, but I am walking the streets of Philadelphia finding a savage beauty in the wildflowers
which strikes me as so Philadelphia, raw and strong,
with insistent buds in the darkest of places (here in front of the Eastern Penitentiary)
and I walk further, admiring the manicured beauty of the window boxes and small gardens of the row house residents.