Tag: humanity

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Formidable Maiden of the Fountain, Central Market, Valencia, Catalonia, Spain

First Responders

She strode from the chaos
With an extraordinary self-possession
Intent on some minor stain or damage to her frock
As if all that mattered in this world
Was her appearance in it

It was impossible to know
If her composure reflected disoriented shock
Or disdain for the physical danger
She had not yet entirely escaped
Until she let the hem fall down her thigh
Turned her attention toward her destination

Determined steps splashed a path
In a straight line through flotillas of shattered debris
Which seemed to have drifted in a pattern
Intended to allow her unobstructed exit
Books, papers, and various other shards of detritus
Drifted in the eddies of unsettled water
Which she cleaved like a great ship through choppy seas

In countenance and action
She exhibited a formidable and resolute presence
Like the war film fantasy of the battalion commander
Who leads his troops through a barrage
Of bullets and shrapnel
Upright, undeterred, intent not on the enemy
But the objective beyond their defensive lines

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We Hapless Beautiful Many, Artist's Palette, Death Valley National Park, California, United States of America

We Hapless Beautiful Many

These awkward, fumbly, funny humans
Gawd! We hapless, beautiful many!
I love us all, with all our flaws
As we stumble through uneven times
Struggle to find our way in uncharted lands

Is there nothing quite so extraordinary
As a gathering of the confused
The bewildered
The shocked
All finding comfort and strength
Through others no stronger than we

We discover
In our collective strength
And courage
And wisdom
And tenacity
How much of these
We each ourselves posses

Armed with them
We super humans of faith
And possibility
We master what was unmasterable
We triumph when tragedy seemed certain
Oh, we magnificent beings

Who would ever suspect
We were capable of such things
When observing ourselves
In just the everyday?

None but ourselves
But that is all we need remember

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Rocky Mountain Starburst, Athabasca Glacier, From Wilcox Pass Trail, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Stars ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #102

Aided by
Small aperture
In this starburst
Am I reminded
The sun is just a star
In blackness infinite
Speckled with
Uncounted stars
And this Earth
We sometimes believed
Like no other
Solar satellite
But now are finding
More watery rocks
Each unique
Though, really
Only to slightest degree
So I stand here
On our pretty stone
With some billions friends
No, all family
I wonder how
We divide ourselves
Such finite passing presence
What small precious number we
Who twinkle in the darkness
Each of us a star
Unto ourselves
In our tiny blip of time
We have no space
For hateful folly
Or shall we die
Utterly alone
Perhaps unknown
Pass into oblivion
In this expanse
Of possibility