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Happy Earth Day!

Today is a communal celebration of the Earth and the environment, and I know we’ve been celebrating poetry all month long here, but I couldn’t let today pass without calling attention to the Earth and the environment.  I hope everyone will take the time today to head outside, garden, pick up some trash, reassess their consumption and recycling habits, and look into ways to reduce their energy use.

We’ll be taking a look at a few poems that celebrate nature and the Earth, plus there’s some great information about an Ashland Creek Press giveaway.

Earth Day by Janet Yolen

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

 And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
Naturally.

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Daffodils by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
From Emily Dickinson

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay —

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.
Healing by Scott Edward Anderson

"Healing, not saving." ~ Gary Snyder

"Healing, not saving," for healing
indicates corrective, reclaiming

restoring the earth to its bounty,
to right placement and meaning--

Forward thinking, making things new
or better or, at least, bringing back

from the edge. The way
bulbs are nestled in earth,

starting to heal again--
the way a wound heals.

Keep warm. Sun following
rain; rain following drought.

Perhaps we have come far enough
along in this world to start

healing, protecting from harm,
from our disjunctive lives.

The way the skin repairs with a scab,
injury mediated by mindfulness.

The bark of the "tree of blood"
heals wounds we cannot see.

Deliver us from the time of trial
and save us from ourselves.

Finally, I wanted to call attention to a great giveaway over at Ashland Creek Press, an independent publisher that not only prints books sustainably but also chooses works that reflect nature in some way.  I’ve enjoyed several of their books, including Lithia’s eco-vamp series by Blair Richmond. I also enjoyed The Names of Things, which recently was named as a finalist for the 2013 Chautauqua Prize, and a recent short story collection, Survival Skills.

For Earth Day, Ashland Creek Press is offering an eco-sampler and book giveaway.

Simply email Ashland Creek Press at editors [at] ashlandcreekpress [dot] com, on or before April 22, using the subject line EARTH DAY, and you’ll receive a copy of our Eco-Fiction Sampler, which features excerpts of six works of environmental fiction.

You’ll also be entered to win a copy of one of these six eco-fiction titles — we’re giving away one environmentally friendly e-book and one paperback (printed on paper from Sustainable Forestry Initiative certified sourcing), so please mention your preference in your email.

When you enter the giveaway, you’ll be added to our mailing list, from which you can unsubscribe at any time (and your info will never be shared).

For more about Ashland Creek Press, click here. For more about our environmental literature, click here.

Happy Earth Day!

Do not miss out on this giveaway for some eco-fiction and do not miss out on the opportunity to spend time in nature and with your community making the Earth a better, healthier place to live.

Click the image below to check out today’s National Poetry Month tour stop!

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  • http://www.lifeinthethumb.blogspot.com Staci@LifeintheThumb

    I absolutely loved each of these that you posted!!!

    • http://www.savvyverseandwit.com Serena

      So glad you enjoyed them

  • http://diaryofaneccentric.wordpress.com Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    I love the poems you chose for the occasion, especially Wordsworth and Dickinson.

    • http://www.savvyverseandwit.com Serena

      I love those poets and poems…well more Dickinson than Wordsworth, but the one I chose from Wordsworth is my favorite of his.

  • http://bookchatter.net Ti

    I thank you for forcing me to step outside of my box. Poetry is still not something I embrace but I am getting better each year!

    • http://www.savvyverseandwit.com Serena

      I’m glad I could help you step out of your box and read some poetry

  • http://www.midgeraymond.com Midge

    I love the celebration of National Poetry Month and Earth Day at once! Thanks for the lovely Earth Day reading.

    • http://www.savvyverseandwit.com Serena

      I love it myself. I can’t shirk one for the other. They go together so well.

  • Beth Hoffman

    Perfect poems for this special day. Loves this line: “What wealth the show to me had brought.”

    Happy Earth Day!

    • http://www.savvyverseandwit.com Serena

      Happy Earth Day to you!

  • http://bermudaonion.net bermudaonion(Kathy)

    Great poems for Earth Day! We really need to be more aware every single day.

    • http://www.savvyverseandwit.com Serena

      I agree. That is so true.

  • http://parrishlantern.blogspot.co.uk parrish

    The Bee-keeper – István Kemény

    I have been a bee-keeper for six thousand years
    And for the past hundred years an electrician.
    Once I retire
    I shall keep bees again.
    Something should hum for me,
    oh hum for me,
    Hum and hum and hum
    Just for me.

    • http://www.savvyverseandwit.com Serena

      I like the rhythm of this.