A hopeful approach for the future of international relations.
Redirect teen rebellion towards idealism and self improvement.
excerpts from unpublished book: Science,
Religion and the Search for God Bridging the Gap.
Poems of society, the human condition, and spiritual discovery.
student activities and curriculum materials instill an environmental,
cultural, and global perspective, and integrate various academic
month's article in poetic style evokes the awareness that
our planet is a living being. It not only supports our human
life, but is, itself, alive.
the earthquake in Indonesia and the subsequent tsunami that
it generated devastated the region surrounding the Indian
Ocean, there was a great outpouring of humanitarian aid.
Many people felt shocked, fearful and humbled by the great
power of nature.
so many expressed compassion for those who suffered
such upheaval and death, few expressed compassion for the
earth who is our mother. Even the the references to "God's
will" by religious leaders trying to comfort, or to
"geologic forces" by scientists trying to explain,
only serve to further distance us from the bosom of our
life-giving planet and our responsibility to her.
Wake of Disaster
that you breathe,
that life lies beneath
the shifting civilizations
that adorn your skin like tattoos,
beneath the shanties and resorts,
bracelets of cheap trinkets,
around your oceans and wilderness.
made us see
our lover untamed -
we expected docility,
like the peaceful face
of the child unclaimed
in the morgue,
her frail body discovered,
by gentle waves.
like you to remain at rest,
a coy, tropical princess,
passive like that girl,
eyes closed, mouth unstressed,
no longer gasping for breath,
her blue bodice
draped over her stilled chest,
a calm, inviting sea
edged by a skirt of floral green.
dug and raped
while you slept,
littered your valleys and hills,
built teeming cities where people
cling to life like vegetation once did,
but without roots anchored
in your fragile flesh,
we ignored your beating heart
and your delicate breath.
say we love you
but not your moods,
as life bursts forth, renewed
with tempests, and floods,
your generous heart sustains
with volcanoes and earthquakes,
rocking us with a mother's rhythm,
to comfort, even as you smother
your dear, unsuspecting children.
2005 Richard Sidy
TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT SERVE HUMANITY AND THE PLANET:
organizations and alliances listed below are certain to give
is heartening that there are so many resources and people in
the world who are actively working to save our planet and her
Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
for the Rainforest
Stop Global Warming
American Red Cross
the Children (Youth Action)
It Global (for youth)
Hunger Site (and more)
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