Wednesday Jan 27 – Midge Breeden: “John, I thought you would enjoy.” — still another poem from Amanda Gorman

In 2018 for The Climate Reality Project and riffing off of the iconic photo of the Earth rising over the surface of the Moon (taken by Apollo 8 astronauts), Gorman wrote a poem called “Earthrise” about the climate emergency and the action we must take to end it.

Best to read “Earthrise” out loud, with pauses.

Have a blest, beautiful, and demanding Wednesday of this week.

john st sj


Today’s Post  From the text of the poem: “Earthrise”

Where despite disparities
We all care to protect this world,
This riddled blue marble, this little true marvel
To muster the verve and the nerve
To see how we can serve
Our planet. You don’t need to be a politician
To make it your mission to conserve, to protect,
To preserve that one and only home
That is ours,
To use your unique power
To give next generations the planet they deserve.

We are demonstrating, creating, advocating
We heed this inconvenient truth, because we need to be anything but lenient
With the future of our youth.

And while this is a training,
in sustaining the future of our planet,
There is no rehearsal. The time is
Because the reversal of harm,
And protection of a future so universal
Should be anything but controversial.

So, earth, pale blue dot
We will fail you not.


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