Love of the World

Today, I need to post a poem about the difference that women make in the world. Sometimes, the impact comes just by having a woman present. Often a deep love of the world propels women to create change in order to reflect back the beauty of the world.  I send this poem by Charlotte Tall Mountain out today because I need it.

Helicopters have been crossing overhead for hours now. Ironically, the constant helicopter droning roar with bursts of thudding booms serves to improve the quality and beauty of the trail systems on nearby Spenser’s Butte. The helicopters are delivering tools and supplies to the hillside work crew. Yet, even knowing that, did not change my feelings about how much I wanted the roar and the thudding to stop.  Instead, it took a poem for me to breathe and reconnect to the love of the world that today, I can hear all around me.

Love of Sequoia redwoods

For Love of the World

by Charlotte Tall Mountain

For the love of a tree,
she went out on a limb.

For the love of the sea,
she rocked the boat.

For the love of the earth,
she dug deeper.

For the love of community,
she mended fences.

For the love of the stars,
she let her light shine.

For the love of spirit,
she nurtured her soul.

For the love of a good time,
she sowed seeds of happiness.

For the love of the Goddess,
she drew down the moon.

For the love of nature,
she made compost.

For the love of a good meal,Grapes from last summer
she gave thanks.

For the love of family,
she reconciled differences.

For the love of creativity,
she entertained new possibilities.

For the love of her enemies,
she suspended judgment.

For the love of herself,
she acknowledged her worth.

And the world was richer for her.