How serendipitous that Earth Month and National Poetry Month occupy April together. Here are some selections of eco-poetry I wrote for Earth day. A pair of haiku, and a longer poem. These were inspired by time I spent at the Wesley Retreat Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.
If you sit quite still
Turtles emerge one by one
Log-perched and sunning
Turtles with heads raised
Alert, shells shining; I move.
Quiet splash. Bare log.
Wind throws cascades of bright shards across the water,
as if she held a clutch of diamonds
and cast them sheening across the surface.
A thousand lights spraying
like skipping stones across the lake.
They glitter in undulating ripples
then wink out
like shooting stars flashing in a night sky.
Here, wind has no need of me.
Light plays on water without caring if I watch.
And yet I do,
As dark-winged swallows dart and dance,
tiny kites without strings.
What am I to them
as they dip and rise
chasing insects on the wing?
Here. I am.
I simply am.
My holy vocation,
to watch and care and wonder and write.
here am i. ami.
Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary (Kentucky) and author of the book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015). She is an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church (ELCA).
More of Leah’s poetry:
And here is an exquisite poem by one of my Patheos colleagues, Roger Wolsey, entitled EarthMamaGaiaGoddess.