Stumbled on a collection of Earth Day themed poetry. A lovely compilation of thoughtful pieces, some new to me, some not.
I hadn’t seen this one before and really liked it.
By Scott Edward Anderson
“Healing, not saving.” ~ Gary Snyder
“Healing, not saving,” for healing
indicates corrective, reclaiming
restoring the earth to its bounty,
to right placement and meaning–
Forward thinking, making things new
or better or, at least, bringing back
from the edge. The way
bulbs are nestled in earth,
starting to heal again–
the way a wound heals.
Keep warm. Sun following
rain; rain following drought.
Perhaps we have come far enough
along in this world to start
healing, protecting from harm,
from our disjunctive lives.
The way the skin repairs with a scab,
injury mediated by mindfulness.
The bark of the “tree of blood”
heals wounds we cannot see.
Deliver us from the time of trial
and save us from ourselves.
And what’s Earth day poetry without a nod to Dr. Seuss? A Seussical Earth Day Treasury!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
— Dr. Seuss, The Lorax