For the next 100 years (National Parks)

Happy first day of the next one hundred years,
Denali and Death Valley,
Shenandoah, Saguaro, and Sequoia,
Acadia and Arches,
Congaree and Carlsbad Caverns,

Isle Royal and Olympia,
Yosemite and Badlands,
Haleakalā and Dry Tortugas.

And to the national monuments,
as well as the parks —
Agua Fria to Ellis Island
Honouliuli to Ocmulgee —

to you, as well, happy first day.

May your lands and waters,
your summits and gorges,
your air and your wild creatures,
be touched gently.
May your fossil fuels
be treasured underground.
And may there be silence
in a world of great noise
and a refuge from light pollution,
so the stars can be seen.

May you be visited by people
of all ages, all races, all faiths,
all languages, all abilities,
all countries –
those who have travel budgets
and those who may not
have money —
but need the peace,
the wilderness, the healing.

May you be protected from greed,
and open to exploration.
May your stories and histories be saved.
May children stand on the south rim
of the Grand Canyon and wonder
about the depth of their souls.

And, as that which is precious
is newly discovered –
may your numbers increase.
Canyon 1

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5 Responses to For the next 100 years (National Parks)

  1. I especially love the lines about children standing on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and wondering about the depth of their souls . . .

  2. Maren says:

    I’m no child but I have certainly stood there and wondered about rivers and how deeply they cut into lives creating the most beautiful canyons.

  3. dabar96 says:

    “May children stand on the south rim
    of the Grand Canyon and wonder
    about the depth of their souls.”

    Beautiful!

  4. Reblogged this on Jeff's Jottings and commented:
    A little inspiration as I move a little deeper into my sabbatical.

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