Can poetry save the earth?

Happy Earth Day!

I almost forgot…. Actually, I didn’t. It’s been on my mind all day. It’s just that I forgot to post this poem to commemorate it.

I wrote this several years ago, before I was a mother, though I’m still the same tree hugger. It’s strange now to look back on the Mothering-ness of this poem, especially when I didn’t think I’d ever have any children. But I’ve always been a mother, of sorts, to the earth. I love her, fiercely.
As a poet, she gives me endless inspiration.
As a mother, she gives me little breaks, and glimpses into the future and what’s possible.

I am truly grateful today, and every day, for the magic our world provides.





Green leaves curling from a pale, thin seed

stretching, pulling, pushing—freed!

Like pink flesh ’merging, shiver in the cold.

But these, these babies from barren soil hold

all fruits of life from couplets grow

from rain from sun to live to sow

future generations’ food for soul.

Drink up, fill full your bodies whole

to combat hunger, mind’s starvation.

On fattened fingers count enumeration

till mother comes and picks off leaves

to feed her babies that snot their sleeves

so they can grow to go to seed, that rots

before it meets the ground. Terra cotta pots

are broken. Somewhere on earth on edges

of concrete paths a child acknowledges

a green leaf curling from a pale, thin seed

stretching, pulling, pushing, freed.


Thanks for being here!

I want to write poetry that you can read, experience, and share.


A few ways you can help:

  1. Go to my Contact page and let’s start a conversation. I’d love to know your experience with poetry, what it means to you, and why you love/hate it.
  2. Every month I write a “collective poem” using three words from every new contact. You can join by sharing your three words (any three words—about your day, your life, current mood, whatever comes to mind, etc.) via my Contact page. I’ll cobble them together and write a poem to try to capture our shared experience. Then I’ll email you when the poem is ready! (You can see an example of just such a poem here.) 
  3. Check out my Patreon page. I’ve been doing this writing thing for years, and patronage really does feel like the most sustainable and most beneficial model for the poet AND the readers. And I’d love to hear what you think of my work.
  4. Finally, tell your friends about me. If you think there’s something here that will resonate with them, connect with them, help them, I hope you’ll share it with them.



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