Earth raised up her head
and spoke gently to the masses
her eyes shimmering with tears of joy
her voice wavering
as if the words she uttered were composed of sorrow
“People of the world” said she, holding out her hands
“It is now time for you
to take responsibility for the choices you have made
time for you to live in the world you have created.”
her people looked upon her and listened.
“I leave to you a world
in which pain and suffering are constants
a world which you believe yourselves
keepers, not caretakers
of all things.”
Some of those gathered trembled
and began to hold one another
grown fearful of Earth’s words.
“You must learn that this place was not created
for you to rule.
You are only one
of many inhabitants depending on my soil
on my air, on my lifegiving waters.”
Earth looked upon the gathered populations
and smiled sadly.
“It is time for you to learn how to live
upon this world as part of it
not as though it is your birthright.”
Earth turned then to another gathering
those of her people.
She smiled, this time with true happiness
and outstretched her arms.
you have treated this world as your home
and honored it with your devotion.
I pray that you are able to show these others
how you have lived and loved this world.
Only then will you heal it
and only then will I be able to return to you.”
Her children nodded solemnly
turned to the populations of the world
and offered their hands
leaving it to them to take the knowledge they offered.
Written as part of NaPoWriMo, using one of the prompts posted by the NaPoWriMo
site, asking us to use the first line of another poem as our own. I used “Earth’s Answer”
by William Blake for my first line, and was inspired by my Druidic path and by Earth Day, which is tomorrow.