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Posted: February 19th. 2011 9:10:29 AM
The Forgotten Mother
Age Group: Adult
01. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so,
As feeble grows thy breath?
Thy forest kindred, rank on rank,
Untimely fell in death.
02. Who penned the woeful requiem
For those proud ageless souls?
Ah! Who indeed but fools of men
With gross rapacious goals?
03. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so;
Abrim with tears thine eye?
The souls of those who ranged the seas
For vengeance to me cry.
04. Why rest they not in slumber deep
Anon from trials freed?
The bloodied hand of man, my child,
Their suffering decreed.
05. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so;
Thy peace in disarray?
The crimes against each cattle-beast
Torment me night and day.
06. What deed lies yet unpunished?
Reveal the heinous sin.
Against mine everlasting law
Were made consume their kin.
07. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so,
Alone in anguish dread?
The innocents of human kind
In millions perishéd.
08. Pray what evokes such horror in
Thy wond’rous orb of life?
Hunger, thirst and pestilence,
Hatred, war and strife.
09. O, Lady, Earth, what ails thee so;
What ills disturb thy rest?
Once sweet, the rivers’ bitter flood
Contaminates my breast.
10. Whence issued such defilement forth
To stain thy fairest part?
From out the working-place of men
It pours into my heart.
11. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so,
Lone on thy bed of pain?
My countenance, O child of time,
Is gnawed by searing rain.
12. Whence the torrents’ savage scourge
Afflicting thy sweet face?
From poison i’ the smoke of fires
Lit by the human race.
13. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so,
By fever sorely spent?
My cloak of coolest gossamer
Is threadbare, pierced and rent.
14. What sullied the apparel frail
That wraps thee closely round?
The cruel fingers of mankind
Its weaknesses have found.
15. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so;
May I no comfort lend?
Victim am I of constant rape -
O God, will ’t never end?
16. Swift, the malefactor name.
Who wrought this monstrous deed?
The human race (from mine own womb)
To satisfy its greed.
17. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so,
Full racked in misery?
I cry my tears in silence, child,
For those who cannot see.
18. Whose eye sees not thy suffering,
Heart touched not by thy plight?
Two thousand patriarchal years
Have robbed men of their sight.
19. O, Lady Earth, what ails thee so,
Thine eyes in terror wide?
I see on yon horizon far
A certain matricide.
20. What hand would dare assail thee thus
Or traitor strike thee down?
Mad kings, by science deep enthralled
Who don a godlike crown.
21. Hast thou no word of comfort then
O child of diligence?
Many their Mother’s plight have seen
And rallied in defence.
22. Which of my faithful children
As champions rise for me?
Those who have renounced, as God,
Copyright © Kynran 1998
Author's Notes: This lengthy poem has each verse constructed of two pairs of couplets -
1. a question by a caring child of Earth & 2. the answer by The Earth Mother.
The last 2 verses reverse the pattern - The Earth Mother's Questions answered by the person.
v v 01 & 02 Deforestation
v v 03 & 04 Slaughter of whales, seals and dolphins.
v v 05 & 06 Remains of infected sheep in cattle-feed resulting in BSE.
v v 07 & 08 Man’s inhumanity, war and neglect of third world problems by their own governments.
v v 09 & 10 Industrial pollution of water.
v v 11 & 12 Industry’s bequest of acid rain.
v v 13 & 14 Erosion of the ozone layer.
v v 15 & 16 Constant plunder of earth’s resources.
v v 17 & 18 The imbalance in all aspects of the human psyche caused by a disregard for the Feminine Principle in life (of which Earth is but one facet) and Christianity’s legacy of preoccupation with an afterlife to the detriment of our earthly habitat.
v v 19 & 20 The nuclear threat - industrially and militarily.
v v 21 & 22 Diligent work by caring organisations such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth on overt levels, pagan-minded individuals and groups of the New Age genre on inner-plane levels and all who regard the planet as an appreciating asset and a veritable living organism rather than an inexhaustible
source of wealth and profit.
Author's Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
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