Friday, April 30, 2010

Sweet Rains



Soaring human achievements
In music, poetry,
Visual and performing arts,

Toolmaking so sophisticated
Our imagination reaches
Beyond our sacred home

We peer down,
Deeply down, to the genome.
Our talents intoxicate us,

We ignore what we must bear in our hearts.
We owe so much to so much
More than our hands our brains—

We are in eternal debt to plants.
We've borrowed from a thin
Skin of atmosphere,

From a six-inch dusting of topsoil,
From trees and their kin,
Soft sun, and sweet rains.

14 comments:

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Beautiful poem Dan. Our existence does hinge on so many seemingly little things that we take for-granted. Thank you for this sweet reminder.

Delwyn said...

Hello dan

It is so good to feel your presence again.

Man's achievements are great and civilization is based on these building blocks, but do they make us any more sensitive than our predecessors...
The tao says that only by virtue of love one lives forever...

Happy days

Jenny Stevning said...

Oh, the sweet rains! Be still my heart...

steven said...

dan - this is beautifully expressed and so clearly. every feature of this thin skin is a gift. a gift with absolutely no expectations attached to it. perhaps that's part of the challenge for people. to express our gratitude through care. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Bonnie, thank you. With my son in Togo I think about how distracting all the culture we make for ourselves can distract our attention away from the web of life upon which our lives depend.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Delwyn. I'm back but in a really reduced way. The end of the school year is a busy time for teachers and I'm giving my first poetry reading this week. So I'm really too busy to keep up the blogging pace till, probably, summer begins, about a month from now.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Jenny. Bet we don't see much rain till late next fall....

Dan Gurney said...

Yes, the thin atmosphere and the thin topsoil that is the matrix of most of the life of this planet is so delicate. We seem to lose sight of how much of what we know and love depends on these membrane-thin layers of air and soil. I wonder what the whales think about us?

Paul C said...

So true. We tend to get carried away with our accomplishments and conquests and not dwell on the threads which tie it all together.

Reya Mellicker said...

I love the complex intertwining of all life here on this spectacular planet. I have a book with pics of all the planets taken by the Hubbel telescope. Mama Gaia is truly exceptional, truly truly beautiful and distinct. I am proud to call it my home.

Friko said...

We forget this at our peril.
People like you are needed to inspire the rest of us.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul. I agree, and it's my observation that too many of our conquests are tearing apart these threads in the web of life. I hope we can wake up!

Dan Gurney said...

Reya, we live on and in a miracle infinitely beautiful and wondrous. One of the wonders is how humans can be so unaware of Mama Gaia's splendor and generosity. It's right under our noses. As you well know.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi Friko. Exactly. I'm glad to do what little I can, and hope many more will join me in spreading the word about our fragile and wonderful and beautiful planet.