The Earth's Prayer
(to the intonations of
the Lord's Prayer)
by Ann Palmer
(Isle of Lewis, U.K.)
Our Gaia, whose art is nature -
abode of our life,
Your time has come, your battle won
for people's planet-consciousness.
Teach us each day, how to be and live
through observing nature's models.
Those models that bring us into harmony
and not into conflict with life's source.
Home to humanity,
in sacred diversity.
Deities in unity,
Our Gaia, whose heart feeds all creatures
alive on this Earth.
Attuned to that flow, our knowledge grows
of how interdependent we are.
Give us this day a new way to be -
Born guardians of all life forms
In a heart-based nature - nature at its heart.
Our new role in life to honour them
Respect and protect, share in the caring
to sustain the future
Their destiny our own,
Our Gaia, as a part of you
We are your nature
Your kingdom of life, your will survives.
Give us, this day, new eyes to see
Eyes that embrace the whole world and not just me.
The land, like our bodies,
The sun our inner fire,
Rivers, life-blood of earth.