Tell me the beautiful bits, things I might not see if I walked where you walk.
Because we need to see beauty more than ever.
More than ever.
And through the eyes of each other.
So tell me about a poem that came to you one day as you looked at this scene or that one and how it made you go home and count your blessings.
And how this tree or that corner or this bench makes you remember a friend and a conversation about bread.
Tell me about trees taken down with saws and others taken down with teeth. And tell me: where is the dam? (Also: where is a naturalist when you need one to explain where is the dam?)
Tell me about the sound of birds you can’t see and about a loved one who is flying across the ocean at this very moment, homeward.
Tell me about the litter you pick up or don’t pick up and about the bike you once found abandoned in the woods just there and how you wonder where abandoned bikes go… and why ducks’ feet don’t get cold.
Tell me about the neighbourhood stray.
How he appeared at the window one day when your cat was sitting on the sill and they both nearly scared each other to death and how neither of them have gone anywhere near that window since.
Tell me about the brim of your hat and how you tilt it upwards because you want to let every drop of vitamin D into your eyes.
And the splash of red you see in a bush, which you assume is another Timmy’s cup and when you get closer you see that it’s not litter but a bird.
Tell me about the man doing tai chi in the park and how you’re grateful for all the goodness he’s putting into the air. And how in the very same park someone left a hoover and a giant bag of household garbage.
Tell me why you walk.
Tell me it’s to clear your mind, to remind yourself there’s more than madness in the world. Tell me it helps you see that despite all the anger, fear and hate, there’s no value in anger, fear or hate because that’s not how things work, that’s not the essence of what we are.
Despite all appearances, that’s not the essence of what we are.
Tell me you walk to refuel because refueling is necessary… because this isn’t a time for idleness.
Tell me you walk because there is so much beauty.
And so much work to do.