Softly Upon Mother Earth: Gaia

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This is written specifically for The Creative Exiles, inspired by Phyllis Doyle.

I love this line written by Phyllis at the end of the regular messages from TCE:

“Till next time and always, may you walk in peace and harmony softly upon Mother Earth.”

The word ‘softly’ is the most important to me. It reminds us to take care, be gentle, revere our world and the nature within. So thank you, Phyllis, for your wise choice of words; this is for you and all the other great writers and kind people at TCE.

Softly Upon Mother Earth (acrostic)

So much cruel destruction
of soaring, sculptured trees,
full of power and aged beyond our lifetime,
toppled by man’s madness, instead of being revered;
learn to live beside them, for they nurture our souls and
yield, pliant to the breezes, as should we, who owe them all.

Unless we understand that bond,
put care in place of greed, then time will show,
over and over, that we are the culprits, directly or not;
nothing’s excused if we turn a blind eye – ‘Me? Oh no, not my fault!’

Mother Earth, Gaia, o’er seeing spirit
of rock, sea and sky, be they lush or barren. Wealthy or poor,
tearing apart or building, it is we who determine our actions,
hand on hand, to make amends. If not, it all dies, we die, and
each step takes us to the precipice, to self-destruction;
ready to die, or ready to wrench yourself and others from that fall?

Each as an adult should guide the children,
armed with wisdom and foresight to protect this haven of growth,
rich in food, in healing, a delight to the eyes. Why do we plunder,
threaten all this wondrous serenity around us? Why should we

So go.. tread softly upon mother earth, look around you as you follow our ancestors’ footprints, appreciate the history, the stories, the ability to adapt that nature displays. Remember you are a part of it, you spring from it, you add your own mark. The past, the present, the future, are all within you! Don’t miss your opportunity to make the most of what you have, what we have, what we can’t afford to throw away. Nurture it! Replenish it! Treat it like a young, vulnerable, precious child!

If you do, it will grow into something even more wonderful.

The Plight of Humanity

If we can learn to respect and nurture the world around us, then that must also reflect our attitude to every man, woman and child on the planet. They too are part of the past, the present and the future.

Who is Gaia?

With reference to Greek mythology, ‘Gaia is the primordial – the first – mother or earth goddess and is one of the gods that ruled over the universe before anything existed, including the Titans.

Reading through the creation myth, you find out that Chaos existed before everything else. He consisted of Darkness, Mass, and Void in confusion, and then the Earth took the shape of Gaia the Greek goddess. The starry heavens, the form of the sky god Uranus, the rivers, seas, plains, and mountains all came from Gaia’.

AFC 2022



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Ann Carr

I love writing; short stories, poems, fiction and non-fiction. My time in teaching dyslexics, primary, secondary and adults, life with grandchildren and a multitude of experiences, all have taught me to value family, nature and life in general. I'm a member of HubPages ( which has helped me hone my writing skills. I have published an anthology of stories and poems on the subject of 'words', entitled 'Take a Word!', designed to encourage writers to stretch their boundaries when choosing words. It's exciting to be a part of a community which has the same passion for writing.

6 thoughts on “Softly Upon Mother Earth: Gaia

  • January 14, 2022 at 9:05 AM

    Ann, you have a powerful piece of work here with phrases that will open the eyes and hearts of humanity. A wonderful work of art. Thank you for sharing – I really enjoyed this read. I also thank you for bringing out my words and love for our Mother Earth. I am honored by your appreciation and tribute to my humble words.

  • January 14, 2022 at 9:15 AM

    Wow, Phyllis! I’m blown away by your comment; it is humbling. Thank you.
    As you obviously do, I feel strongly about the plight of our wonderful world at the moment, and thence the plight of humanity. I can’t understand why governments can’t get their acts together. I believe it is the pursuit of power and the inability to work with each other, instead of primarily looking after their own interests, that is the problem.
    Maybe there will be a breakthrough but we’re running out of time.
    Hoping this finds you well and wishing you a Happy New Year.
    Keep safe and well!

  • January 14, 2022 at 2:38 PM

    Ann, I care deeply for the Earth like both you and Phyllis, and could not have said it any better than in this wonderful piece. I just wish Governments of the world cared as much and made more than token gestures.
    Thank you so much for writing this.

  • January 14, 2022 at 2:49 PM

    Thank you, John, for your kind comment and compliment. I’m so pleased you like this.
    It is a huge problem and you’re right in saying they only make gestures with no follow up.
    Phyllis’ message is so important. I couldn’t stop thinking about her words so felt compelled to write this.

  • January 17, 2022 at 3:23 PM

    These are the poems that need to be written! So well written and with a one two punch to push action. Absolutely love this Ann and will return for another read often since I feel that certain lines have many beautiful interpretations. Jamie

  • January 18, 2022 at 2:49 AM

    Thank you, Jamie, for such a wonderful comment. I feel so passionately about this that maybe it’s the inspiration that brought out the words! Glad you liked it and, yes, it does need to be written though not many seem to actually understand the urgency.
    I was trying to get more than one meaning into parts of it, so I’m pleased that worked.


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