Poetry: Soul of the Earth

“Soul of the Earth – the Awen Anthology of Eco-Spiritual Poetry” edited by Jay Ramsey, Awen Publications (2010). The anthology may be purchased from the publisher or direct from me in NZ.

‘It’s only when poets have made us look again, inward and outward, that we shall see our way.’ Martin Palmer, Alliance of Religions and Conservation

 

Here are some samples from Margie’s contribution.

Let No Bright Colours Interrupt the Month of May

Let no bright colours interrupt the month of May;
she is the bride preparing for her wedding,
hawthorn and cow parsley
white satin dress and swathes of tulle.

White she emerges
shy, pure and joyful;
white from the springing green
of new life, new love.

She gathers soft posies –
forget-me-nots and bluebells,
a past to carry colour to her future –
and sun-faced daisies to bedeck her hair.

What lies in mid-summer?
Abundance and brightness,
red and orange of passion and defiance,
purples and blues, royal hues.

But let not bright colours interrupt the month of May.
Gently the bride comes;
beautiful, soft and white.

What did you do when you knew the Earth was unravelling?

on listening to Drew Dellinger

What did I do when I knew the Earth was unravelling?

I chose consciously to reduce my impact on her delicate web of interconnectedness,
and in my unconscious times doubtless added to her pain.

What did I do when I knew the Earth was unravelling?

I chose work that helped hold back the racing tide of destruction, and allowed my awareness of my children’s children’s children to enter every level of my thought and action.

What did I do when I knew the Earth was unravelling?

I chose to live from my heart, to love all of it: the trees bursting with life and the weeping, burning tracts of rainforest; the birds that sing in the morning and their brothers and sisters who sing no more; the folks who work to stop the overturning and the folks who hasten its progress.

What did I do when I knew the Earth was unravelling?

I chose to live from a place of joy, to remember that resurrection follows crucifixion, that life is not always as it seems, that in the big scheme life is abundant beyond measure.

What did I do when I knew the Earth was unravelling?

I chose peace as my companion as I walked the sometimes scary road. I donned her cloak, not against knowing Earth’s suffering but as protection against my own undoing, for what use is an unravelled me?

What did I do when I knew the Earth was unravelling?

Above all I chose to live awake to my true nature, which is the same as the true nature of all humanity and every life form. I chose to surrender to the ultimate oneness and beauty of it all.

I chose.


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