Bedrock and Bread

The earth endures beneath our unconscious weight,
and the feet of elephants and crocodiles,
earthworms, ants and eagles.
Its love pours forth in waves of gravity,
of connection and belonging
for all of us.

Earth has held our many secrets,
changing some of them to bread.
She yields roadways for the water,
and shields from deadly rays,
makes food and homes for all.

We seldom think of her or what she needs,
calling her mother and ignoring her.
Urgent now, she calls to us–look, listen, care!
We bend our hearts to love her in return.

Family circles grow, link, form rings,
including all whom earth sustains,
extending to the stars. As we join hands,
drop our weapons, feed the soil, the circle holds
for all of us.