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Will She Forgive Us?


“I leave behind even my walking stick. My knife is in my pocket, but that I have forgot. I bring no car, no cell phone, no computer, no camera, no CD player, no fax, no TV, not even a book. I go into the woods. I sit on a log provided at no cost. It is the earth I’ve come to, the earth itself, sadly abused by the stupidity only humans are capable of but, as ever, itself. Free. A bargain! Get it while it lasts.”          

                                                                                                     Wendell Berry

Sunset at Sander's Point

We have been cruel to our Mother

Not all of us,

But as a species

We spoil her precious gifts

We plunder her riches.

Will we outgrow our childish disrespect

Before we destroy her?

Will she be able to forgive us?

Mother nature is huge and diverse,

Like the human race.

Will we learn to live in peace?

Or will we destroy our home

And ourselves,

Leaving earth to rats and roaches?

The possibilities abound.

Some of her wounds are so deep,

I fear despair will overtake me.

But  some work to save her.

Some wounds are healing.

Parts of her remain intact and glorious.

She has a great capacity for healing.

If enough of us work for that healing,

Our Mother may Forgive us.

Tree on Boone Hillside

This post was inspired by Harlon at A Patient Voice:

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

18 thoughts on “Will She Forgive Us?

  1. This brings a tear to my eyes, JoAnne! I think of the Colorado River being contaminated and turned orange and I can’t believe the media isn’t covering it more than it is! So much destruction…so much pain. Thank you for this beautiful post…and gentle reminder ❤

  2. moving post, lorrie!
    as we touch the earth
    she passes no judgment
    accepts all, whether immaculate or defiled
    all karmas are forgiven.
    she, herself will rejuvinate
    in 10 million years
    if not sooner 🙂

  3. Lovely, powerful and genuinely evocative or hopefully provocative. I think both are good. Peace, Harlon

  4. Many of us are working at healing. I am finally able to muster hope that meaningful changes are going to be made to help the earth survive.

  5. Yes, we are, Joanne. Whether by political action, writing, speaking, recycling, composting. etc. or all of the above, we help healing and hope continue. Hope brings more hope! Thank you, Joanne, for doing your part, and then some.

  6. This is great.
    I love Berry too!

  7. Sometimes the writings of Wendell Berry make me feel like I want to swoon, but in a spiritual way, striking a chord in me that says: Yes, that’s it! Some of Mary Oliver’s work does this too. And then there’s Anne Lamott. But that’s more of a snort than a swoon.

  8. Powerful piece. If we can all remember that we are connected and stop trying to do be the individual heroes…too many people on the right track but not the same page…

  9. Hmmm. Some sort of unifying coalition? Thank you for the affirming feedback.

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