God is an absentee landlord and we are the tenants.
He created the world in six days, and then, on the seventh, he moved to a retirement community in Boca Raton, letting us fend for ourselves.
We are bad tenants. Without God nearby, we turned our Garden into a miserable dump.
“Where are you, God?” we cry. “Why have you forsaken us? Why do you leave us with death, illness, and decay? Why must we stand alone with so little guidance?”
God will not answer. He is too busy playing canasta with his friends.
But I have heard from God.
Oh, nothing dramatic like a Burning Bush or a Technicolor Dream.
God left us a Post-it Note on the front door.
You are not alone. But go look at the contract you signed. You need to take care of your shit yourselves. Grow some balls. I know you are weak. But I already gave you the three tools that will get you through every emergency.
I gave you rain. This will wash away the death and despair.
I gave you sun. This will give enable you to see.
And I gave you love. Which will make life worthwhile.
If any of you would rather trade in one of these tools for a new dishwasher instead, please leave a message at the rental office.
Now leave me the alone.
cc: prophets and angels.
Bright yellow, red, and orange,
The leaves come down in hosts;
The trees are Indian princes,
But soon they’ll turn to ghosts.
— William Allingham (1824-1889), Irish poet
Green how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
— Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright
her swung breasts
Sway like full-blown yellow
Gloire de Dijon roses.
— D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), British poet and author
the great orange bed where we lie
like two frozen paintings in a field of poppies.
— Anne Sexton (1928-1974), American poet and writer
clusters of red, the hedges are full of them,
red-currant red, a graceful
ornament or a merry smile.
— Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-American poet
Thanks for bringing a little Fall to Southern California.
The photographers are:
Sweet, Washington D.C.
Tara, Iowa City
Caitlin, New York
Jessica, St. Louis
Elizabeth, New Hampshire
Cynical Girl, New York