On Occasion Moved To Speak

by Dan Maher

It appears every living thing is on occasion moved to speak in its own way. And we’ve heard much from many of the usually silent of late, and I expect we will soon hear a great deal more.

The climate, for one, went from being a usually and, generally speaking, kind of benign background noise in front of which we thought we could, would and should reliably bang and clatter about for all time, to something close and very loud indeed. As it, which is to say, our natural environment, has been transformed from being largely taken for granted as both the stage and scene of all of our all-to-human tragic-comedies, to that which more than naught serves to remind us that it actually cares nothing about us, and will likely be the death of us, if we continue to think otherwise.

Likewise, our political representatives, whom we all probably most times wish would just shut the hell up, have of late allowed their actions to speak louder than their words, and we could not help but hear them.

And then there’s the rest of us, meaning ourselves and those we know the most at least. It’s been all lions and tigers and bears, oh my! in a dark woods for awhile now, and that's not to mention what’s happening with sports.

So we’ve really gotten to know a few things about where we are at these days. And I have to say, I’m left practically speechless. So I’ve been kind of hunkered down at the store, literally just minding my business, hoping the key that unlocks this puzzle will soon be cut so we can move on. Because I think that’s what we need to do. The sooner the better.

Until then, take care of yourselves and others out there in the weird. Don’t forget this is the home of the brave. And if you find you’re in need of earth-friendly essentials or a refillery, well, you know where to find them.