|A flock of phlox ( photo/Jan Barry)|
This Great, Green Earth
How often we forget the debt we owe
This great, green Earth:
The land, the food, the water, the air…
The mysterious, solitary parent of our birth.
From whatever speck of wet in the universe
Life may have come at first,
It is Earth that cradles us and sustains us,
To whom we are joined for better or for worse.
Let us walk this great Earth once again as guests,
Not as conquerors or even hosts—
For we are no more immortal
Than bluebirds or the continents’ coasts.
From Earth Songs II: Poems of Love, Loss and Life