Walk with me. Learn to walk
as I do. Carefully. Without hurting anything in my path.
Mother earth can be felt beneath
my feet. I hear her breathing and I feel her breathing through
my paws. Every time I lift my paw carefully, she lifts with me.
I have never left this earth in heart. I have made myself a part
of her, as you must do to survive.
I cannot teach you what you
will not do. I only can teach you if you are ready to be an earth
person, willing to share your fortunes and your burdens with
others and willing to be part of earth herself.
Many shadows speak. They talk
of war, of killing, of hatreds long endured. But if you are to
leave your way of living and listen to what I have to say to
you, then mother earth will help you in your fight to live.
"Come back," mother
earth says. "Return to the ways that I have taught and remember
that you are a partner with all creation: the birds in flight,
the ways of the wolf and the breathing of the seas."
The shadows speak to me also
and their voices come from plants and trees. These shadow people
tell me that we must listen--you and I--together. We must hear
the stream talking, telling us how we can make water, how we
can live in peace once we understand that the mother feeds us
and provides for us.
The secret is in the listening.
The land talks. What you share with others will come back to
you because we are one in a family of earth sisters and brothers.
We are one as life.
Soon there will be no shadows
to speak and no land to walk upon. If you will listen though,
we will make changes on earth and she will rise in happiness
copyright 2004 by Patricia Jepsen