Friday, November 7, 2014

Nancy Wood: Untitled ["Earth teach me stillness"]

Earth teach me stillness
    as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering
    as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
    as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring
    as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
    as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me limitation
    as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
    as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
    as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
    as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
    as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
    as dry fields weep with rain.

Untitled ["Earth teach me stillness"] by Nancy Wood, from Earth Prayers from Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems and Invocations for Honoring the Earth, edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon. © HarperOne, 2009.

Art credit: Detail from "Maples Leaves in Air," image by unknown photographer.


  1. Lovely...just what we need to remember in gratitude. Earth is such a teacher!

  2. This poem found it's way to the Evening Prayer at Graguecullen in the South East of Ireland this evening. It is inspring

    1. Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know. Stay well. Deep peace.


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