There is decay everywhere
Beneath the trees in our rain forest are trees in decay.
Politics and politicians have decayed beyond belief
Schools, countries, churches, all in decay.
Do you see?
My mind is decaying: dementia, I take pills for it and wear patches.
My heart is decaying, laboring up the hill, losing loved ones, no longer ‘necking’ in the car as I did in my teens.
My body is in decay as I notice my legs, hips, and feet suffer the slightest incline, not to mention internal organs.
My spirit has decayed. Once Interested in liturgy, ceremony, church, now its meditation, mandalas and medicine wheels.
It’s a fact of living: as we get old we decay, yes!?
But I have studied systems and cycles.
Decay is only part of a cycle.
A cycle, especially in the rain forest, that includes birth, life, decay, death and rebirth.
Also in my life.
Nurse logs provide the perfect place to start a new forest, in a straight line even.
Mulch is going on everywhere, death feeding the living.
The purpose of decay is to feed the next ones, and the next.
Decay brings obligation, to offer sage wisdom, comfort, and encouragement to the new growth.
My wife is great at this, nurturing children (ours and other’s), grand children, and great grand children. And me.
So what am I to do.
I think I’ll go mulch.
There’s still a lot of me left to decay, recycle, repurpose, reuse.
I still carry all the love they have given me, and it’s stronger everyday.
Peace, love and life.
– Small town boy