Super Moon, Spaceship Earth and a Local Commotion
I was excited as I wrote this, looking forward to things looking up. On Saturday night there was a Super Moon. Hundreds of Marlow people were ‘looking up’ at a beautiful Full Moon; the fullest in 20 years or so, I’m told. The Moon is closer to Home and ‘down to Earth’ at the moment.
It all feels special to me. There’s a commotion! Something big and free is waxing and waning. After tragedy in Japan, there is something new awakening, birthing, and a tide turning.
Under the moonlight, I simply wished for a good, safe place for all children to live happily ever after, here in Marlow, Bucks, England, Spaceship Earth. I know I’m not alone in that deep, instinctive yearning.
Not to worry if you missed the super moon, there’s another in just a month, on Easter weekend. And in between these full moons, in just two weeks' time, is Mothers' Day and a ‘New Moon’. We briefly lose sight of moon, and sun’s energy bouncing off her. But we can reflect, and wish for the well-being of the Mum we all have in common – the One mother ship - Earth.
There are green shoots everywhere, everyday, in this beautiful town. Amazing Marlow people, out and about, walking, talking, sharing, driving a bit less (how full are the bike racks outside Fegos now!), enjoying Higginson Park, the river, growing ‘free food from the sky’ in gardens and allotments, solar panels working away on roofs, farmers markets, reconnection, generosity, random acts of kindness.
All this fresh stuff, right here in our own back yard, helped along via world wide web, via community groups like Marlow Parents, Transition Town Marlow and Freegle.
Louis got it long before Neil did. (Armstrong.) What a wonderful world. Here on Earth we are taking small steps and giant leaps. Of course we care: Marlow Matters.
David Hampton, Hyde Green, Marlow
(This piece first appeared in the April 2011 issue of free community newspaper 'Marlow Matters' which is produced by the Bucks Free Press, for Newsquest London.)