Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day

 We have a beautiful mother

Her green lap
Her brown embrace
Her blue body
everything we know.

Alice Walker 

Here she is reading the poem: 
It's EARTH DAY, and I wanted to share two of my favorite poems, above, by Alice Walker, below, by  Drew Dellinger reading his beautiful poem "Hymn to the Sacred Body of the Universe" at the 2003 "Praises for the World", created by singer and songwriter Jennifer Berezon, who it was my privilege to see perform in 2008.    I'm not able to embed it so here's the link, performed at the event:

I think it was Joanna Macy who coined the term "world as lover, world as self".  May that understanding reach our hearts now, as we celebrate, indeed, our Beautiful Mother, and All Our Relations.

hymn to the sacred body of the universe

let’s meet
at the confluence
where you flow into me
and one breath
swirls between our lungs
let’s meet
at the confluence
where you flow into me
and one breath
swirls between our lungs
for one instant
to dwell in the presence of the galaxies
for one instant
to live in the truth of the heart
the poet says this entire traveling cosmos is
“the secret One slowly growing a body”
two eagles are mating—
clasping each other’s claws
and turning cartwheels in the sky
grasses are blooming
grandfathers dying
consciousness blinking on and off
all of this is happening at once
all of this, vibrating into existence
out of nothingness
every particle
foaming into existence
transcribing the ineffable
arising and passing away
arising and passing away
23 trillion times per second—
when Buddha saw that,
he smiled
16 million tons of rain are falling every second
on the planet
an ocean
perpetually falling
and every drop
is your body
every motion, every feather, every thought
is your body
is your body,
and the infinite
curled inside like
invisible rainbows folded into light
every word of every tongue is love
telling a story to her own ears
let our lives be incense
like a hymn to the sacred
body of the universe
my religion is rain
my religion is stone
my religion reveals itself to me in
sweaty epiphanies
every leaf, every river,
every animal,
your body
every creature trapped in the gears
of corporate nightmares
every species made extinct
was once
your body
10 million people are dreaming
that they’re flying
junipers and violets are blossoming
stars exploding and being born

god is having déjà vu
I am one elaborate crush
we cry petals as the void
is singing
you are the dark
that holds the stars
in intimate distance
that spun the whirling,
world into existence
let’s meet at the confluence
where you flow into me
and one breath
swirls between our lungs

(drew dellinger)


T said...

Lovely poem and tribute to Earth Day!

Valerianna said...

Wonderful offerings, thanks!

Misha said...

What a wonderful post and tribute!

Therese said...

Just stumbled upon your amazing work and beautiful blog. Hymn to the sacred body of the universe BLEW ME AWAY!
You made my day, will follow your blog.
Therese Sibon

Lauren said...

Thanks! Yes, the ritual event "Praises for the World" is on DVD, available at Jennifer Berezon's website - truly an inspiring event. I watch it all the time, and it's where I first learned about Drew Dellinger's poem.