Just a Garden Away: A Song About Returning to the Basics

By Aaron & Chaya Ableman

Song offered by Aaron to Awakin Oakland on April 16, 2020.

A gift to Earth’s Day 50th Birthday

If the earth can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!
So, what else to do but build a garden?
Raising our youth in a bed of soil and seeds,
reading leaves like books on the art & zen,
Turning this kitchen to a survival lab,
This closet to a film set, dressed in drag;
with a spaceship, silly star dance on a lily pad!
Quarantime in the house is like fear vs love, breakdown vs breakthrough,
Covid 19 vs 2020 vision, in vs out, world’s upside round.
Sirens in the distance, so loud they drown symptoms!
Health is our greatest wealth, like it’s always been!

Just a garden away
Humming songs to the earth
Just a garden away
Humming songs to the earth
Just a garden away
Humming songs to the earth

Where did this all start? A bat-sonar, cartoon, sci-fi rap
song, halt the humans; Wuhan got ya all in check?
A pandemic to destroy or heal something deeper in us?
A call to service or a dog whistle to foment more mistrust?
Maybe it’s a blue sky where there once were factories?
Maybe a true cry for healthcare & democracy?
Whatever the news source says, it’s a tragic-comedy,
An invisible portrait of the human specie
A race against itself, though capable of love throughout the family tree…

Just a garden away
Humming songs to the earth
Just a garden away
Humming songs to the earth
Just a garden away
Humming songs to the earth

Where do we go from here?
The choice is clear:
This is the only battle we can surrender to win!
Why do we still feel like we have something to prove?
A map of the earth shows wildlife have nowhere else to go
With no protection for the most vulnerable:
The insects, the winged ones, the four-leggeds, the endangered,
The farmers, nurses, homeless and all folks of service.
Did I forget I am because you are? I’m literally made out of you!
Same breath, same blood, same pains, same muse.
Social distancing only brings us closer to our spiritual witnessing!
And reaping what we sow is the gift that keeps giving.
At least we’re still rapping & singing I guess. Even though our cries change over time,
the melodies, memes, and feelings remain …
That’s why I’m teaching my child how to rhyme,
Breathe like a tree and reinvent the system to honor life once again.
That’s just the rhythm of the garden … hope you can tell a friend

Even if I’m far away, I’ll hold you in my heart 
I’ll sing: just garden … just a garden away … it’s a start! 

We invite you to listen to Aaron’s  Awakin Call Nutritious Pop Culture: Igniting a Global Youth Movement!
Aaron Abbleman: award winning actor, author, and artist. Growing up under the guidance of a farmer/author and public health care nurse, Aaron has studied with indigenous elders and notable spiritual leaders including the 14th Dalai Lama. His life and work have been heralded in publications such as HBO, LA Times, CNN, NY Times, and MTV

About awakinOAK

Intentionally located in east Oakland -- to, on the one hand, overcome institutionalized violence and on the other hand, be showered by the multicultural love and wisdom from neighbors-- this small community strives for integral nonviolence and supports activities that foster fearlessness, courage, autonomy, unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Every Friday for the last 10 years, the anchors of Awakin Oakland, host "Wednesdays on Fridays", an open-house meditation night that was inspired by a family in Santa Clara who has been doing this for close to 23 years [2020] No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes
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