Earth Day 2013

It's Earth Day— Google celebrates
greenery with a seasonal doodle
as grocers ban plastic bags.

My friend Bill emails me a link
to Ed Mackerrow's nature photos
of beautiful birds— amazing!

This Boreal owl's eyes are so
big and focused— attentive to
the wild turkey in her regal dress

or perhaps to the sandhill crane
soaring skyward? Ah! I recall
those words Beatrice told Dante—

"Your home is not here on earth
but the stars, so lift yourself up
and fly"— that's why Plato says

we stand upright with our heads
aligned to heaven that's our home—
so I lift myself and fly up, up, up...

But today is Earth Day and I should
feel more humble, honor this home—
bend down low and kiss the Earth.

— Peter Y. Chou
    Mountain View, 4-22-2013

Boreal Owl
by Ed Mackerrow

Wild Turkey
by Ed Mackerrow

Sandhill Crane
by Ed Mackerrow