Footprints


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Step lightly
To do as little harm
As we step forward
In a world teeming with life

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Time and the forces of nature
May erase some of our former steps
But there are more than 7 billion of us

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Ever stepping forward
Ever the desire
Ever the need for more

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Our footprints become heavier
As we mar the ground beneath our feet
Ever harming more living things
Those that are not us

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The steps of the past are still there
If we look behind

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It is to our next steps
To our children, and to theirs’
To learn
To teach

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To step lightly
And do as little harm
In a world teeming with life
For it shouldn’t be only about us

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Kicking Leaves Again


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The trees are bare
Yet no trace of a season remains
Raked and bagged, it is no more

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Except in my little plot of this earth
Where the leaves still swirl
Lifted by the November gales

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The energy spend of a summer season
Will remain, food for the life in the soil

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It will again
Be the the green of our next growing season

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For now I will be out kicking leaves
Until the snows of winter
Blankets the fall and prepares for a coming spring

Curious Friday: A Matter of Design


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Look around
Life made of small patterns
Small designs
Woven into the fabric
Of a world we see everyday
Easy to miss
One has to look close
Take the time
Yet when you see it
All the small patterns
All the small designs
The whole looks different
And maybe a better place

The picture above is of a fungus called Splash Cups or Bird Nest fungus – Crucibulum laevehe The fungus lives on decaying wood and the bird’s nest is the reproductive part. The little eggs inside are called peridoles that look like seeds but contain spores inside. The peridoles open and little drops of water splash into the cup spread the spores to surrounding areas.
They are usually only about a 1/4 inch in size.