It went like this: the Earth invited; we waved our decline,
and generous Earth invited again. We began to believe
that it always would. What we desecrated today could be
salvaged tomorrow. Perhaps. We had looked in mirrors
and never once seen the beautiful everything, how it
interflowed: us, air, earth, and fire; the green vines growing
from our hearts, the moss covering our feet, the pulsing stars
shooting from our eyes, our eyes crying wild seas; our hands
sparking the minutiae of minerals, microbes, cells; our mouths
howling the wail of wolves, humming the river’s night music,
trilling birdsong through breeze; our ears’ recognition that every
sound echoed the cry of our hearts; our hearts’ joyful impulse
to unite, to eat and to feed, to transform together, creating now. We
could have spent life wrapped in awe, entering the intricate mystery
of webs, of self twined with other selves, breathing a universe.
Too late have we come to know the indwelling one is the outward
One, and that how we have loved the Earth is how we have loved
ourselves, the beautiful everything. We were misers, lost in darkness,
grasping for light, blind to the dazzling gold of everywhere wholeness.
A blessed Earth Day, every day.
If you have not heard or read the words of Robin Wall Kimmerer, I highly, highly recommend you do. Here is an essay from 4/20/22, published in Emergence Magazine, another source of wisdom I heartily recommend. https://emergencemagazine.org/essay/ancient-green/
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