Larry Kilham Blog
The water lilies are floating on a placid pond
while the busy biosphere churns below
and the bewildering human world lurks beyond.
The lily pads happily absorb the sunlight
into their myriad living cells
and they offer rest when dragonflies alight.
Why can’t we be like the water lilies
floating along through the universe of life
leaving the environment free of strife.
(c) 2019 Larry Kilham
I saw a robot in the garden today.
It asked me to come and play.
But I thought that was a ruse
because its battery needed juice.
So I asked,
Do the birds need feed
or is there anything else they need?
And it replied,
No, just bring the charger
so I can stay here longer.
And I asked,
What about the plants and flowers?
and it replied,
I’ve been weeding those for many hours.
I pressed on,
What about the beans and tomatoes
corn, squash, and potatoes?
Then the robot made bold to say,
Come to the garden and bring a sack
and I’ll show you how to harvest the veggies
and bring them back!
(c) Larry Kilham 2019
We should all take time off to reflect and relax, preferably in a nature setting if possible. It works for me:
I wander in the woods
on a path to somewhere distant.
I stop where I can pause to wonder
in the serenity of the mute forest.
I view a far-off place through the trees
and create a new place for my mind
to float in relaxation and mysteries
and return home refreshed.
© 2019 Larry Kilham
In this era of rogue leaders, rogue nations, and rogue climate, where can we turn for respite? This led me to thinking:
I’m an explorer in a sylvan land
and see a distant shady grove.
A perfect gathering place,
comforting for its cooling shade.
What life has settled there?
Some people perhaps, picnicking on the grassy floor.
Or creatures scratching up winter food
and birds flocking for seeds and bugs.
I hear no sounds from here.
I want to visit but not disturb.
Listen! The birds are flocking here now.
Will you join me?
Come to the place of wonder and beauty
where the unplanned is the norm.
Where we can escape the media storms
and enjoy ourselves alone.
©2018 Larry Kilham
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The technology boom isn't over but we must focus on preserving our resources and nature. Sustainable growth is an oxymoron. We must stop eradicating nature's plants, animals, and other organisms. We must find an equilibrium with all species. An alternative lifestyle can be more fulfilling and satisfying. On a TV documentary, I saw a young woman biologist at remote, frozen, Lake Baikal in Siberia say living there gives her "Freedom and a sense of beauty." Do you get that from megacities?
I am gratified by the uniformly positive response my book The Perfectionist: Peter Kilham and the Birds has received. In going through the boxes of his papers, I came across an amateur off-the-air recording of my father interviewed by an NBC TV station around 1980. The image quality is technically poor, characteristic of the early video tape recorders, but the interview captures the essence of Peter Kilham.
Check it out below or watch it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/ANYnGe0zHE4 and enjoy!
Larry Kilham is a Sloan School of Management graduate from MIT, received three patents, and has founded two high-tech companies. Many of his product designs required innovative use of computers, and as early as the 1960s he was researching artificial intelligence (AI).