IN PRAISE OF EARTH DAY

04/22/2015

April 22, 2015, Earth Day
EARTH
Dear Friends,

Blessings to you on Earth Day.

This most amazing day was first conceived in 1969 by a Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, after seeing the ravages of the Santa Barbara oil spill.  He proposed a “national teach-in on the environment,” and on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participated. Incredibly, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency!  As well as the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

In 1990 Earth Day went global, and reached 200 million people.  Today, the 45th anniversary of this incredible idea, Earth Day will reach all around the world, with 1.5 billion Acts of Green.  Learn more here. 

As with every political movement, poetry has a lot to offer.  Please join me and many terrific poets at one of the IN PRAISE OF EARTH POETRY READINGS this May… in Santa Cruz (May 13), Los Angeles (May 2) & Santa Barbara (May 4).  You can find details on the readings here.

Below is a poem In praise of Earth…

All blessings,

Carolyn

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Let Every Pious Gesture Be
Overarched With Splendor

We walk among your jewels.
At earth’s center a molten fire
churns. Thousands of miles away
we inhabit the dazzling
skin of your being.

Thank you: it is lovely.
Your tall redwoods are home
to countless beings —
from my perch I watch them crawl
and flutter among you.

Do these high, majestic trees
cloak your loneliness
as you travel through
the dark expanse of space?

Or can it be
you have bejeweled yourself
because there is no other way
to be you, limitless essence
mirroring the stars?

Can it be that you gaze
at the glittering night sky,
and hearing such music,
can only surrender to it,
grow yet one more mountain,
one more tree?

Title from Rilke’s Book of Hours, Poem I, 52

From Communion: In Praise of the Sacred Earth, by Carolyn Brigit Flynn

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