Earth spirit

I remember when the earth was born

When she was young and healthy and free

The forests were lush, the rivers flowed

With the passionate force of the wild


I remember I’d dance in the woods

Wearing nothing but a cape of leaves

Across the soil I’d stride barefoot, to

Bathe in water that glittered like jewels


I remember drinking sweet nectar

A pure clean juice that fell from the sky

I’d breathe deeply, to fill up my lungs

Giving me strength, taking me up high


Yet then things changed, trees withered and died

Skies gleamed red through a shadowy haze

The nights were bereft of starlit gems

Even the moon: she fled far from sight


The oceans bled, reeking of disease

And I shed salty tears for their plight

As I searched and I searched, far and wide

To escape the world’s festering blight


It wasn’t better, further afield

And I sank to the ground in my pain

For I felt the illness of the earth;

I’d failed to help, and I wept in shame

Published by Cara Amy Goldthorpe

Storyteller, holistic health guide, and lawyer, with a mission to promote health and ways of living more harmoniously on this planet and with each other.

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