The moon is full tonight.
It is red with fire and smoke as the Columbia Gorge burns.
It is a time of irreversible consequences.
One person's foolish action changes the world for all of us.
The boys' lives who threw fireworks into the gorge on a 100 degree day will never be the same. Their parents' lives will never be the same. The gorge will never be the same.
Hundreds of people, hundreds of thousands of people, claim the gorge as their sacred land. I too have memories since childhood there, on through to the present. Will we finally honor our land, our earth, the air we breath? I cannot even breath outside, under the full red moon of early September. Houston is underwater. Florida will be hit soon.
I can't stop thinking about irreversible consequences. They are all around us now. I have often been afraid of them.
But one thing the earth has taught me is that death leads to rebirth.
One thing life has taught me is that whatever grief we face, whatever we may be saying goodbye to, life continues to grow....even from that emptiness.
Our bare, charred land will slowly begin to grow again.
Sarah Pemberton is a teacher, a writer, and the founder of Write Now!. Sarah lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters.