The Heart of the Earth Is Our Beating Heart – National Poetry Month 2020

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There’s a storm outside

Earthquake, volcano, tornado

Hurricane, cyclone, tsunami

We’ve choked off our lungs–

Forest, ocean, air

The lungs of the Earth

The heart of the Earth

Is our beating heart

There’s a storm inside

Virus, coughing, choking,

Wheezing, breathlessness

It’s choked off our lungs—

Sacs, bronchioles, cell

Particles littered like shattered glass

The heart of the Earth

Is our beating heart

Our hearts are racing, pulsing

They beat inside our bodies

We’re choking off oxygen

They beat inside our Earth

We’ve choked off the source

Of life: ocean, forest, air

The heart of the Earth

Is our beating heart

There’s a storm we’ve created

Carelessly grabbing so much

That we’re suffocating our selves

Our mother, our life support

Ocean, forest, air

Plastic littered like shattered glass

The heart of the Earth

Is our beating heart

Inside the storm, inside

Our bodies breathe without

Our knowing, caring, attention

Has not been paid to our

Lungs, hearts, bodies

The Earth’s littered with shards

The heart of the Earth

Is our beating heart

What if we tended to our

Lungs, hearts, bodies?

The breath of the Earth

Our breath. We are

One body, after all:

Human heart and Earth beat

The heart of the Earth

Is our beating heart

Inner-twinned. Intertwined

Inhale at one. Atone

And start from love again

We could recreate our selves

In one another’s image:

Human heart and Earth beat

The heart of the Earth

Is our beating heart

by Robin Stevens Payes, Earth Day + Fifty
EOY Media © April 22, 2020

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