“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement—get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible. Never treat life casually. …[B]e amazed.” ~~~ Abraham Heschel
Another World is Possible
by Rose Flint
We can dream it in, with our eyes
Open to this Beauty, to all
That Earth gives each of us, each day
Those miracles of dark and light–
Rainlight, dawn, sun, moon, snow, storm grey
And the wide fields of night always
Somewhere opening their flower
stars – this, this! Another world is
possible. With river and bird
Sweet and free without fear, without
minds blind to harmony, to how
We can hold. We have been too long
Spoiled greedy children of Earth, life of rocks and creatures
Slipping out of our careless hands.
We must stand now and learn to love
As a Mother loves her child, each
cell of her, each grain of her, each
precious heartbeat of her that is
Ourselves, our path and our journey
Into our dream of future, where
another world is possible
cradling this one its arms.
On this day of Earth Day, these quotes from Sir David Attenborough, who was recently proclaimed, “Champion of the Earth” by the UN:
“The whole of life is coming to terms with yourself and the natural world. Why are you here? How do you fit in? What’s it all about?”
“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.”
“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.”
Your image is deep & beautiful!
& a couple of immediate responses to “another world is possible”:
— i’ve found that deep connection with the world-other-than- humans is not free of fear (or confusion or uncertainty). those are all aspects of living as fully as possible where they are aspects of just that — living fully.
— & i noticed that removing the lowercase “l” from this typeface, where it looks like a capital “I” changes “careless” to “caress”!
I agree with you that fear, confusion, and uncertainty are all a part of this amazing dance we call Life. In her comment, Marti quotes Sir David Attenborough as saying, “The whole of life is coming to terms with yourself and the natural world.” To me, that means an understanding of the complexities & paradoxes of Life. — I love your beautiful shift of “careless” to “caress.” May it be so in all our lives….