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Dreams for Earth Day

As usual, I’d like to share a poem this Earth Day. I must admit I don’t actually like this poem that much. No, let me rephrase that. I don’t like the way the second stanza is composed. But in its way it has a conversation my heart wants to have. And in my way of thinking, that’s about the most you can ask of a poem. The question of what the hell to do with myself in these times is one I have grappled with for years. I left my career in the environmental movement mainly...

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Another Earth Day Poem

  As I did last year when I launched this blog, I want to share a poem in celebration of Earth Day. This poem has become all the more special and comforting to me since I lost my own human mother some years ago. I use it in contemplation… feeling into what it truly is to relate to Earth in this way… with reverence and profound affection. I recite this poem to Her. On this day. And Mother’s Day.   We Have A Beautiful Mother ~ Alice Walker We have a beautiful mother...

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Poems for the Earth #3

  I admit I have never been a huge fan of Emily Dickinson’s poems, even though I resonate with the themes she wrote about. I have always found a certain anxious nervousness in her writing that I find distracting. Maybe it’s all the dashes and exclamation points. But I do think it works here, perhaps because the poem is intentionally theatrical. In her breathless way she conveys a sense of reverence and delight in the sacredness of nature, and invites our applause. I love that...

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Earthly Poem #2

Here in the Rockies we have had some late winter storms that have blessed us with snow. It inspires me to share this poem by Wallace Stevens. He captures the sense of timeless emptiness that we can be graced with in nature. The poem shows us how the strategic parts of ourselves (the parts that are always working the angles, forever trying to engineer something) fade away into the background when we are still and in our senses. Notice how the poet moves from mind, to sight, to sound. The...

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A Poem for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share a favorite poem. I hope to add others through the week. This is a poem I recently became acquainted with, and I am very happy to have done so. I really enjoy the movement in the poem. Rising up in space, and also in time. I love the authority of the poet, and most of all I am struck by how easy it is to follow his instructions… and how comforting.   Earth Let the day grow on you upward through your feet, the vegetal knuckles, to your knees of...

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