You embrace us in your hills and pastures,
and suckle us from softly gleaming rivers.
You nurture us with fruit, plant and grain,
and show us how to grow them all again.
You teach us how to flourish together
like trees in forests and birds of a feather.
And what do we give you in return?
We cut down trees, let forests burn,
fill oceans with our toxic waste,
rape and pillage, fight and hate.
Yet you love us unconditionally from birth,
and we must learn to love you better Mother Earth.
Kim M. Russell, 15th June 2020
My response to earthweal weekly challenge: Love Songs to Mother Earth
After a week of turmoil and protests across the world, Sherry tells us about the Nuu chah nulth people, who have been caretakers of the land for ten thousand years, and have strict protocols for how they tend the earth. She says that their beliefs speak to her as they understand that we are only one part of nature, not its masters
Sherry also tells us about a rally where they sang a love song, so, for this week’s challenge, Sherry wants us to follow the example of the Tla-o-qui-aht and write love songs to Mother Earth.