Monday, March 29, 2010

Earth my body, Earth my soul

This poem was posted over at Medusa's place - I just love it.  The destruction and  desecration of our Earth is our own self destruction, our own desecration of all that is holy within ourselves.  "Saving the Earth" is really about saving ourselves from annihilation as a species.  There is such Beauty here for us to realize that what we behold is what we are...

—Barbara Deming

Spirit of love
That flows against our flesh
Sets it trembling
Moves across it as across grass
Erasing every boundary that we accept
And swings the doors of our lives wide—
This is a prayer I sing:
Save our perishing earth!

Spirit that cracks our single selves—
Eyes fall down eyes,
Hearts escape through the bars of our ribs
To dart into other bodies—
Save this earth!
The earth is perishing.
This is a prayer I sing.

Spirit that hears each one of us,
Hears all that is—
Listens, listens, hears us out—
Inspire us now!
Our own pulse beats to every stranger's throat,
And also there within the flowered ground beneath our feet,
And—teach us to listen!—
We can hear it in water, in wood, and even in stone.
We are earth of this earth, and we are bone of its bone.
This is a prayer I sing, for we have forgotten this and so
The earth is perishing.

Image is from here.


Tammie Lee said...

such grand gifts in listening, feeling and honoring~

Delphyne said...

Thanks, Tammie...xoxo