Jesus said: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say, ‘It is going to rain.’ And, so, it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat.’ And it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (Luke 12.54-56)
Western winds blew, flew east o’er warm Mediterranean waters
and to the north o’er the southern desert dunes.
Folk knew how to perceive the coming weather,
but did not (did not desire to?) know
how to interpret the then “present time”
of Jesus’ proclamation, in word and deed,
of God’s equality of love and justice for all, alway, at all times.
Here, I think, a parallelism…
We know the seasons for hurricanes.
We know, too, their conditions;
how these great engines of nature form
o’er warm waters driven by wind in accord with the Earth’s rotation.
Yet, now, with Florence, and then Michael
(Irma, Maria, and a host afore),
how do we (can we!) not see
in their ferocity,
fueled by warmer (warmest!) and risen seas,
the bitterest bounty (and our part!) of climate change,
which, with unconscious impartiality, harms all, alway, at all times?