In the moonless night three equines cast me into their web of harmonious serenity. A vortex of wafting odiferous creosote and damp earth engulfs our rhythmic breathing and beating hearts. I reach and pluck a brilliant star from the inky heaven; it is that close. We are a small band of creatures bathed in lustrous beauty, held in the pulsing awareness of Mother Earth.
From bacteria in our gut, to the noble elephant, we share home planet with throngs of other diverse life forms. An alarming novel newcomer, Covid 19, is sweeping through our human population threatening lives, economies and the status quo, prompting me to ponder the rapid erosion of multitudes of other Earth communities. Subsonic radar scrambles whale migration routes; rising temperatures turn coral communities into lifeless, concrete slums; plastic bags strangle sea turtles. We are struggling on Earth.