There are no children to take refuge in, no father or any other relative. When a man is seized by that terminator, Death, there is no taking refuge in the family. Dhammapada 20. 288
a walk to the river
rather than the sea
we live in small circles of
"And this idea of living in peace alongside abnormality is perhaps what has allowed me
to accept the strange circumstance, that it was in a time of of turmoil, involving great
unhappiness, that I first became attached to nature;..." michael mccarthy, a singular window, the moth snowstorm
A cold rain
wherein a golden
of fur, elm
brush a dead thrush
lays flush with drying tansy,
held by living lavender
an old story,
Autumn Peltier loves the water of her home and said she sees personhood there. To take "it" the pronoun away, to refuse to use it for water as Peltier has, may leave a hole for understanding the other earthly entities as alive and equal.
Who really are our grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins?
Our family speaks, but we do not look or listen... to them.
The use of it has done this. Earth, water, animal, air - do we care?
Assessing what is alive and dead, what is equal and subservient, has brought great weaknesses to modern thinking. To use it to objectify lives lessens respect, weakens our own emotional intelligence and cognitive sensibilities.