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’.
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