“Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all,
And round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw;
For I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit,
And the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.
And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops
That made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight,
And in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter,
All the children of one mother and one father.
And I saw that it was holy.”
This is for the victims of last week’s fertilizer plant explosion in the tiny central Texas hamlet of West. The blast and ensuing fire killed 14 and injured more than 200. The town is almost completely devastated. It’s sadly ironic this incident occurred right before Earth Day; considering that highly volatile ammonium nitrate fertilizer is the key component in the debacle.