And the wind is pushing Whipping Howling Grit in the air And whooshes in the ears Batten-down-the-hatches-kind-of-weather A True-Winnie-the-Pooh-Blustery-Day Weather Alerts wailing on phones “Beware zero visibility, Stop and pull over, Be safe.” Today is Earth Day With yellow sky full of western dirt, California and Arizona, Mexico and Japan, flying overhead, In my face, tumbleweeds and topsoil in the air. Feeling it come We tidied and tightened Tucked away and toiled To limit damage and loss Chairs resting under dirt pots Toys returned to boxes Anything we didn’t want to sail away We made safe. As the wind pushed and pulled and whispered “Newness is coming.” Dirt, dust, and tumbleweeds We rushed to water Our dry garden beds Watering deep to strengthen Our tender greens and carrots Locking up the chickens And glancing at the heavens The persistent wind And the push to respond. Today is Earth Day Tomorrow will be wind-blown branches, For another day’s much needed mulch, with garbage to collect And much to repair. Gratitude and fresh air. Today the wind will give and take. Tomorrow we have commitments to make. Today is Earth Day.