Rain had fallen for three days
and the cold air
sheathed every tree in ice.
Many had split
and crashed.
Power was out in some neighborhoods.
Sunday dawned misty
and gray
but by noon,
no precipitation fell
and so the Global Climate March
in downtown Oklahoma City
was on.
Every hardy, hearty soul
who approached Bicentennial Park
outside the Civic Center
was greeted warmly.
Green ribbons were pinnedto their coats; reminders
that for the next two weeks
leaders from 196 nations
will decide whether or not
to commit their countries
to lowering carbon emissions.
Julie Conrady, Connie Johnson
and Chebon Kernell
spoke with great passion
and wisdom.
The Starvation Army Band
played great music.
Children young and old
made games with the Earth balls.
And just when we thought
our feet were too cold to walk,
we marched.

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The Oklahoma City march
was one of 2,300 in 175 countries
where 785,000 people
marched for a 100% clean energy
future. So glad
to be part of this global
push.