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Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Artist Says It All








Mother Earth's Tears




On a trip out to BC, I visited many art galleries and loved the influence of the Coastal Native Peoples. Aboriginal people everywhere revere the earth and all that it gives them. I got a card with an artist's depiction of Mother Earth crying and I had to write a Haiku poem about it. The friend who received the card only had the first verse....here is the entire piece.....






Mother Earth's Tears
Slip like blue raindrops,
diamonds falling down through
her long slim fingers
Oh, why does she cry?
Perhaps we sadden her when
we mistreat the Earth,
when we leave our mark
on her land, sea, and water
and we pay no heed,
She cries for our loss
and that we don't hear her
weeping and mourning
There might still be time
to save this sacred place -
It is up to us
to respond to her,
the tall, longhaired raven girl,
shedding tears for us






Mother of Invention
copyright 2005

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21 Comments:

Blogger Lynn said...

Lovely...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Absolutely! I've always enjoyed nature, being part of it, and I think just about every one I know is saddened by what is done to the Earth by people and industries.

I don't suppose she wants a tissue, being as that's made from the hacking down of her poor trees. But, reading this poem makes me sad. There are people who try to save Old Mother Earth, but there are 'the few'...there will always be 'the few'...for whom profits are more important.

Unfortunately.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger Old Lady said...

I a constantly amazed and humbled by your talent!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger Bob said...

We watched "An Inconvenient Truth" a few nights ago and this following on its heels really speaks to me.

I hope everyone wakes up soon and realizes that the earth isn't indestructible and in-exhaustive.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger steve said...

I like this the best MOM...we all know you write well, but this really captures it...I can hear the drum feel the fire and see the dancing shadows in this...
Of all the things to admire about these people, it is their reverence for the Earth that really pulls me. amazingg how our culture has another agenda.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger GEWELS said...

MOI- I have a very, very dear friend who is Native American. And, yes, they have this connection to the earth that is missing in most cultures.
James also lives the Sundance every day. His whole life is bound to those earthly values.

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and thought-provoking poem.
We all need this reminder every now and then that the earth does not belong to us- we are only borrowing it.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger Barbara said...

Those Indians had figured out the importance of our Earth Mother long before we were aware of her nurturing presence. Unfortunately she may be quite sick before she gains the respect she deserves.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger Diana said...

I loves me a good haiku or 10. Beautiful poetry, as always.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynn: Thanks!

Annelisa: Yes, the $$ thing and industrial pursuits...money alaways talks and steers us in the wrong direction.

Old Lady: Thanks, OL. This one felt good to write.

Bob: I was moved into some state of shock after I saw that. It sure made things clear as a bell about how much we're in trouble here.

Steve: Glad you can hear the drumming! You're right...we could all do with a little of their culture and reverence for this earth. We may not make it in time though.

Gewels: Yes, I like the idea that we don't own it and are borrowing it.....which makes me wonder if they'll be anything to hand back when the time for borrowing is put up for review.

Barbara: We were the ones who threw things out of balance. It must have been horrible for them to watch us treat the earth with such little respect.

Diana: Thanks. Seemed to call for Haiku form. The card was beautiful..I wish I had kept it.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger Teri said...

encore!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger red-dirt-girl said...

Hi MoI !!

How beautiful this post and poetry...yes as Steve says...this one resonates deep and stays with me....I love the image of Mother Earth..

and the painting of her walking on the waves in the midst of storm...boy can I relate or what???

And though we take advantage of her, strip her bare, ravage her sacred places.....I think Mother Earth is tougher than we think...eventually she will outlive us all: just notice how she blooms and renews over abandoned cars, junkyards, strip mines....grass pushing up through a city's concrete sidewalk.....

Her life blood pulses - always.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Teri: Thanks...I'm always looking for a picture or event or experience that inspires me.

RDG: You can tell spring is happening and rebirth too is in your mind....you are even way more positive than me in this comment! You're on a good "plane" today and that's great to see! You're right...the earth will be here certainly,long after we poison ourselves off the planet. It may just have to go through changes as it always did, but will be transformed into a place that will once again support human existence. That's what I see could happen. Of course, I'd rather see all of us intervene and preserve it and improve it now!

Friday, March 30, 2007

 
Blogger mystic rose said...

mother earth's tears...what a lovely poem! and so true..esp now. the native americans had a lot of wisdom and a deep connection to the elements around themm..so sensitive!

and the art work is beautiful!!

sorry moi, i fixed it..the photo was too large i guess.. i copied the lines below the pic so everyone can read them.

thanks for letting me know!! :)
(ive been out of commssion for a hile and not really blogging..but now am back!)

Friday, March 30, 2007

 
Blogger brooksba said...

Lovely words. The art work is gorgeous and inspiring. You did a wonderful job with the Haiku.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Mystic: Thanks! It is always high praise from another who writes such good poetry! We could learn a lot from the Native culture.

Now I can see your poem! I don't even know how you write over them but it is always beautiful!

Brooksba: Thanks! I know you always get a lot out of poetry. Wish I could do art like that!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

 
Blogger LynClay said...

Very beautiful and sad words and art...it's a crying shame how some people and big corporations have no regard for the earth and treat it like a garbage dump...I can see why the earth is crying over how she is treated! :(

Sunday, April 01, 2007

 
Blogger fennymun said...

Beautifully written poem! Yes, we have mistreated the Earth for long. I guess our part to 'protect' the earth is to be more environmentally-conscious and to teach our next generation about the vulnerability of the earth. I hope there'll still be blue sky, clear water, fresh air, stable climate when my sons have grown up...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynclay: Thank you and yes, they are sad. I'd cry too if I were Mother Earth. I wish I had the card that inspired me to write this..it was beautiful art!

Fennymun: Thanks, and I hope the earth will be in better shape for your sons too.

Monday, April 02, 2007

 
Anonymous Coll said...

Such lovely words, and so true.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

 
Blogger Rapunzel said...

beautiful prose, and the artwork is a lovely background for it. As always, you have inspired me!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Coll: Thanks...I thought I'd cry along with her but wrote this instead.

Rapunzel: Thanks...I have the most fun Googling images after I've written something to find the perfect fit!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

 

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