Psalm for Earth Day

Praise God, bees and monarchs,
so fragile, so holy.

Praise God, deep oil and coal,
the grandmother of diamonds.

Praise God acidophilus,
good bacteria scrubbing intestines.

Praise God, asteroids,
brown dwarfs, pulsars and quasars,
flyby pluto, supernova remnants,
and meteor showers

Praise God, fleas, flies,
alderbark beetle, grasshopper,
tiger mosquito, sycamore lace bug,
damselfly, velveteen caterpillar,
night-sparkling Lampyridae
also knows as lightning bug.

Praise God sage and sweetgrass.
prickly pear cactus and horsemint.

Praise God adder and python,
grass snake and blonde hognose,
krait, cobra and sidewinder.

Praise God, quick rabbits,
smelly skunk, inky squid,
bristling porcupine.

Praise God, terriers and tabbies,
pansies and orchids,
garlic and Brussels sprouts,
also angels,
seen in the unrolling
of lily of the valley,
koru of fern, tongue of frog.

International-Endangered-Species-Day Poster

International-Endangered-Species-Day Poster

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6 Responses to Psalm for Earth Day

  1. Am impressed you know the word koru!

  2. Maren says:

    Erice Fairbrother sent me a photograph a number of years ago for palm Sunday and I thought it was so beautiful.

    • You breadth of awareness, care and concern for our global village never ceases to amaze me. The word pictures you create are such a stunning mix of the poignant, sharp, funny, confronting and compassionate. Full marks to you for using a beautiful native word from a small ethnic minority in your celebrating of Earth Day. But, perhaps you need to know there isn’t actually a koru fern. It refers to a part of the fern. Kiwis use the word symbolically and the koru shape is seen in many places e.g. the logo for Air NZ; I have one made of green glass that sits on my window sill. Dictionary definition: “The koru (Māori for ‘loop’) is a spiral shape based on the shape of a new unfurling silver fern frond and symbolizing new life, growth, strength and peace. It is an integral symbol in Māori art, carving and tattoos.” To the Kiwi ear ‘the koru of fern and tongue of frog’ would sound more authentic.

      • Maren says:

        Thanks Rosalie — I will make the change. I actually added “fern” — had been told it was “koru” only but I thought people in other places would not understand. So fixed!

  3. Oh Amen, Amen — except for the brussels sprouts.

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