Living Green and Dancing with Love

By Michele Lee

Tasting fresh basil straight from the garden is a mouth-awakening delight. Traces of soil and sun, with a hint of spice, released with each bite. More flavorful is our rooted plant than from its cousin, sold in the market down the road – the plant with lighter green leaves under fluorescent lights. The one that traveled far to wilt in kitchens nearby and whose leaves have been touched by many, including machines and pesticides. Under what conditions was the market plant grown – I do not exactly know. A tiny label tells us less than it hides. I do appreciate the efforts put forth to bring produce to market by those working hard for an honest pay. God bless the men and women in the fields, sunbaked with calloused hands, who toil for our nourishment day after day. No fault of theirs that the green life they pull and pluck, from soil depleted, quickly fades.

I have nurtured many gardens through the years, with a green thumb, I’ve been told. Never the garden of my dreams, living where the scorching summer sun takes a toll. With autumn’s arrival it was time to start again, sowing new seeds for winter’s reap. A cherished garden memory I have from several years ago, when my daughter was a baby: kneeling on the ground with her in my arms, we held the green garden hose. Giggles when water splashed in her face. Ladybugs and butterflies became her backyard friends. More giggles when we ate watermelon grown into funny shapes after being planted too close to a chain link fence. Up the wires the vines did ascend, then gravity took care of the rest.

Until more fresh veggies grow, to the market I go, buying organic whenever I can, then it’s back to my kitchen where I clean, chop, and prepare. Please know, my kitchen is a plant-based one, so should you arrive with a hankering for sizzling pork or a juicy steak, you won’t find that here, just delicious veggie dishes, made with loving care and served on Fiestaware.

Featured Art, “Regenerate,” by Artist Sammi Lee – the one who once played in the garden is now adding her own beauty to the world. To see more of her incredible talent, including art-inspired clothing, visit her site: Mintaka Collection While there, sign up for her art-infused newsletter and receive a discount on first purchase with New Moon discounts each month. I receive no commissions for this endorsement, just a fan of the arts highlighting an independent artist who employs sustainable practices. Proud mom too.

A special Thank You to Masticadores – Spain and J RE CRIVELLO for featuring my flash fiction piece, “A Sky Painted the Colors of Love

Thank you for visiting and reading. Scroll down for my music-related feature: Mike Love’s “Babylon Control” and my dance, inspired by the same. Please read his lyrics, at the bottom of the page. If you are not familiar with this song, they are worth a read. The portion shared in my dance clip is in bold. Eat your veggies! Be well. Michele


“Babylon Control” by Mike Love

I dreamt last night that the end had come
I was searching everywhere for food, but there was none
Bodies laying burned in the midday sun
Nowhere to hide
Nowhere to run

I went to the city but the city was gone
Irradiated with hatred and destroyed by a bomb
Behold the brilliant colors of the nuclear dawn
But there is no song
All has gone wrong

And when I awoke I could clearly see
The seeds of this vision Jah had given me
Planted deep within these aristocracies
Hypocrisy and
Power and greed

So wake up, to the fact that they’re controlling you
Whether or not your doing what you want to do
The system that we are living in is doomed, Oh!
Jah knows it’s true
And I man, I know it’s true

And I’m just telling you this
Because I love you breddren!
Through and through I man true, until the very end
The sweeter the kiss
The stronger the poison!
And this is the reason that I idrens
Are dying for nothing

Oh, It’s Babylon control
It’s Hollywood mind control
They target the youth
I’ll show you the proof
Come on see the truth
It’s written on I am man soul
On I am man soul, yeah

It’s News media control
Political mind control, yeah
Get under your skin
They’re wearing you thin
But you no give in
For not all that glitter is gold, yeahoh

And in my vision I saw incurable disease
Genetically engineered by hateful enemies
All of this in the name of power and money
How could this be
The future for we?

The green and mighty forests of the Amazon
The lush valleys of Havaii are dead and gone
The once abundant and fertile land of Babylon
Now sand and stone
Stripped to the bone

Oh come quickly
They’re taking away our paradise
Separating us from the source all lives
Poisoning the seas and polluting the skies
Ignoring the cries and
Promoting the lies

So now that this vision has come into your life
I hope you will take up your part in the fight
Against those who seek to turn our day into night
You know it’s right
So stand up and fight

And I’m just telling you this
Because I love you mah sistrens!
Through and through I man true until the very end
The sweeter the kiss, don’t you know
The stronger the poison
And this is the reason that I idrens
Are dying for nothing

Oh, Babylon control
It’s Hollywood mind control
They target the youth
I’ll show you the proof
Come on see the truth
It’s written on a Rasta mans soul
Written on a ya mon soul

It’s News media control
Political mind control
Get under your skin
They’re wearing you thin
But do not give in
For not all that glitter is gold

For I have been fooled before
But now I ‘n’ I know
The difference between believing in what I man feel
And believing in what I been told
‘Cause their propaganda it burns like wildfire
Fire, fire, fire
They use it to turn broder against broda
Broda, broda, broda

It’s Babylon control
It’s Hollywood mind control
They target the youth
I’ll show you the proof
Come on see the truth
It’s written on Rrrrrrrrrr..

It’s news media control
Political mind control
Get under your skin
Still wearing you thin
But be no victim in this empire
Of glittering fool’s gold now

Featured Image: “Regenerate,” by Artist Sammi Lee Basil plant: my image

© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton

5 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. Michele Lee dice:

    Thank you for sharing! I greatly appreciate it. 🌞

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  2. inaloveworld dice:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts and Mike’s lines full of truth!

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  3. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Ahhh, I remember reading this, Michele; and it was just as wonderful the second time, especially that last line! 🥰❤️

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  4. Michelle, I liked reading about your gardening experiences, especially taking your small daughter into the garden. When I lived in a 8th floor condo in DC many years ago, I tried growing some herbs. The birds enjoyed them all up! ❤ Congratulations on your recent publications. 🙂

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