Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day

It is a silent Earth Day in this place.
In the neighbourhood even the dogs are quiet.
In the local newspapers no news of any official government response to Earth Day. No mention of it on the car radio.
This day for our Mother Earth is being entirely ignored in my homeland, just as International Women’s Day was officially ignored.

Out in the yard the old Mango tree is young again, wearing her shady hat of tiny white blossoms.
The fireplace is stacked with wood for the Summer Solstice.
An enormous black lizard walks the fresh grave of a fallen Ringed Neck Dove.
I put the sprinklers on to drench the baby Gumbo Limbo
And call it a national celebration.

Love to the Green Mother on this her day.

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