Monday, March 18, 2013

Nature -- the Gentlest Mother is,

Nature -- the Gentlest Mother is,
Impatient of no Child --
The feeblest -- or the waywardest --
Her Admonition mild --
Mother Earth

In Forest -- and the Hill --
By Traveller -- be heard --
Restraining Rampant Squirrel --
Or too impetuous Bird --

White and Blistered, a Mangrove Sits Parched in French Guiana, World Wildlife Federation 

How fair Her Conversation --
A Summer Afternoon --
Her Household -- Her Assembly --
And when the Sun go down --

Signs of Climate Change, Mother Earth News
Her Voice among the Aisles
Incite the timid prayer
Of the minutest Cricket --
The most unworthy Flower --
World's Children Report
When all the Children sleep --
She turns as long away
As will suffice to light Her lamps --
Then bending from the Sky --
Nigerian Village

With infinite Affection --
And infiniter Care --
Her Golden finger on Her lip --
Wills Silence -- Everywhere --

~Emily Dickinson


I wanted to juxtapose Nature by Emily Dickinson with what many people, children, grandchildren now see. In 10, 20, 30 years what will people see? Will they read Dickinson's poem and have to do a search on the Internet to know what a cricket is, know what nature was, to know why Dickinson would call Mother Nature "the Gentlest Mother"? I hope not but I fear so...... fred

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