Earth Prayer

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Picture credit: Max Mitrofanov (via tr1umph.deviantart.com)

Dear Earth,
mother of us all,
solar sister,
child of the Universe,
our common blood
was carbon, nitrogen,
oxygen and hydrogen,
in concert with the stars.

Astronomical forces
great voids imploding
then exploding in light
with the dust and smell
of a thousand million
godless bombs
driven to extinction
by unlimited energy.

Facing the hideousness
of death at day’s end,
the weight of this life
seems so much less,
in the lightness
of our being,
portending reunion
of the atoms we are.

Dear Earth,
mother of us all,
in your patience and
your tolerance of us,
breath a huge sigh
and remind us
who we are and
whence we came.

© 2013 John Anstie
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About PoetJanstie

As a young man, John was fit and sporting. Playing Rugby Union for over twenty years, encouraged in the early days by a school that was run on the same lines as Gordonstoun, giving shape and discipline to a sometimes precarious early life. This fitness was enhanced by working part time jobs in farming, as a leather factory packer and security guard, but probably not helped, for a short time, by selling ice cream! His professional working life was spent as a Metallurgical Engineer, Marketing Manager, Export Sales Manager, Implementation Manager and Managing Director of his own company. Thirty five years spent, apparently in a creative desert, raising a family and pursuing a career, probably enriched his experience, because his renaissance, on retirement, realised a hidden creative talent as a blogger and poet. He also enjoys music, with a piano and a forty-five year old Yamaha FG140 acoustic guitar. He sings bass in three singing groups: as a founding member of a mixed voice chamber choir, Fox Valley Voices; a member of one of the top barbershop choruses in the UK, Hallmark of Harmony (the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club) and a mixed barbershop quartet, Needle & Fred. He is also a would be (once upon a time) photographer with drawers full of his own history, and an occasional, but lapsed 'film' maker. In his other life, he doubles as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend and Family man. What he writes is autobiographical and very often pins his colours to the mast. In 2013, he completed an anthology of the poetry (including his own) of an international group of nine poets, who met on Twitter. He produced, edited and steered the product of this work, "Petrichor Rising", to publication by Aquillrelle.
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9 Responses to Earth Prayer

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Yes! I’ve always liked this one and it’s particularly good for our event today. Thanks for including it, so passionate and true.

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  2. dragonkatet says:

    We are all stardust after all, aren’t we? 🙂 I like your idea of a patient and tolerant Mother Earth instead of one who would do better by shaking off the human race like a bad case of fleas. Thanks for participating and for reminding us of our common ancestry!

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  3. Jamie Dedes says:

    Thought and appreciative sentiment, John, and finely written. This was a good choice to include in the event and thank you for doing so. 🙂

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  4. Louise says:

    Lovely poem, John…though I wonder sometimes if she’s started to run out of patience and tolerance for us. We need to treat her better….there’s only one planet earth 🙂

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  5. Joseph Hesch says:

    As I have told everyone who might listen to me, I found this piece of yours intelligent and thoughtful, which is not surprisingly how I also find the poet! 🙂 Cheers, mate! Wonderful work. ~ j

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