Fishermen in Peru contemplate La Nina as the Indian Ocean cools, globe’s warming from wicked practices. Keeps poor folks at risk and the poorest in stranglehold for survival.
Nearly November with little rain. Premature plantings. Cracked clay earth. Minimal preceipitation requires strategizing. Cracking leaves under sheets of the mattress store’s throwaway plastic gives them a head start for mulching. Neighbors are providing kitchen wastes for composting. With this I’m amending areas – prepping and priming them for more food production.
I can and do walk around and around this spot of land. With each round, noticing more miniscule nuances. And when sitting, since the deer fence went in, each micro-ecosystem is calculated anew. Cut this and that branch, list plants to propagate as barriers & protectors & resistors for the deer’s side of the fence. When the big earthquake comes, this neighborhood will have salads and cruciferous-ies. If anything needs cooking, Franco’s pizza oven will be intact. If there are fires, we meet at 4 corners and then up the other side of windy hill. I need to keep a container of cat food in my car. I need to know how to shut off the fragile folks’ gas lines.
The last little 3.8 jolt punctuated Bamuthi’s performance and he didn’t skip a beat. Since experiencing rbGb, (http://mappinternational.org/programs/view/214/) there is a persistent little ghost voice following me around the garden: “You can’t just be pretty, you have to put out”. So the collections of water from sink and shower are reserved for the flora princesses that keep things sultry, luring pollinators and beneficial insects.
Listen, La Nina, with your powers over sea and sky and land:
Some of us are trying to care for our whatever small spaces gentler, kindler, and sustainably. Some of us are OWSing. Some of us are spreading rbGb gospel. Some of us are already dehydrated. Some of us have already starved. Those 1% that manufactured your conditions, Little Missy, feel only a twinge of your impact. So, must you be so indiscriminating, so democratic? Just asking.