December 2020


E = mc^2

"noe 2 thynges can be moare equal"

proves that equality is a force to be reckoned with

the speed of light squares up with today's mass

calculates the transfer of my energies after death

lacks the wherewithal to reckon with the severance of body and soul

witnesses to the love that moves the sun and other stars

E = mc^2

"Humanity has become a dominant force in shaping the face of Earth. An emerging question is how the overall material output of human activities compares to the overall natural biomass. Here we quantify the human-made mass, referred to as ‘anthropogenic mass’, and compare it to the overall living biomass on Earth, which currently equals approximately 1.1 teratonnes. We find that Earth is exactly at the crossover point; in the year 2020 (± 6), the anthropogenic mass, which has recently doubled roughly every 20 years, will surpass all global living biomass. On average, for each person on the globe, anthropogenic mass equal to more than his or her bodyweight is produced every week. This quantification of the human enterprise gives a mass-based quantitative and symbolic characterization of the human-induced epoch of the Anthropocene."

and yet the human species converts the living into the dead

still squeezes the life out of Tane Mahuta

empty shell from which a cicada sung itself out of existence

every door must be painted black

in haiku there is nothing like a concrete image

life . . .
a dead weight
in the eyes




the presence of bones
found near the heron's nest
kokako at noon






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