This Sacred Earth & Fire Into Water
By Joanne Cai
Growing up in midtown Manhattan, spending the weekends at tree-filled Central Park instilled in me a love for nature, leading me to reflect upon our treatment of the environment.
This Sacred Earth From the grass that sways gently Azaleas kissed shades of pink A sunset so graceful The sky lit red and gold Breathing life inside our lungs Nature untouched, beauty before brutality Before the trees disappear And the birds vanish I wonder what air would look like If it would lend itself to our eyes I wonder if it would drift by gently Or rush, forcefully gusting past I imagine gentle breezes of yellow As I stop to admire wildflowers I imagine shades of green As I lay on freshly mowed grass I imagine explosions of blue As my toes sink into sand Watching the waves Return to the sea This sacred earth, beauty and glory Emblazoned with history Life, living in harmony Streams flowing through jungles Mountains hidden underwater Towering above clouds Grassy green flatlands Tranquility Before humans Fire into Water Clear, blue Calm, serene Flowing free Quiet power Until angered Stormy, grey Littered, blackened Controlled, unwillingly No longer home Beautiful, calm fire Enflamed, enraged, out of control Ravaging the world
Joanne Cai is a class of 2020 Girls Write Now mentee based in New York, NY.