Rebecca Baggett's "Testimony"

This poem came to me in my morning inspiration reading & I had to share it with you. It affirms that we are in nature and of nature. That its beauty can heal & inspire. We are the great destroyers so that we can learn to uncover the great healers, the great lovers that we are. Each moment is the opportunity to decide on which side of the equation we live.
Rebecca Baggett wrote this poem "Testimony" to her daughters:
"I want to tell you
that the world is still beautiful.
I tell you that despite
children raped on city streets,
shot down in school rooms,
despite the slow poisons seeping
from old and hidden sins
into our air, soil, water,
despite the thinning film
that encloses our aching world.
Despite my own terror and despair.
I want you to look again and again,
to recognize the tender grasses,
curled like a baby's fine hairs
around your fingers, as a recurring
miracle, to see that the river rocks
shine like God, that the crisp
voices of the orange and gold
October leaves are laughing at death.
I want you to look beneath
the grass to note
the fragile hieroglyphs
of ant, snail, beetle. I want
you to understand that you are
no more and no less necessary
than the brown recluse, the ruby-
throated hummingbird, the humpback
whale, the profligate mimosa.
I want to say, like Neruda,
that I am waiting for
"a great and common tenderness,"
that I still believe
we are capable of attention, t
hat anyone who notices the world
must want to save it."
This poem, and others like it, comes from the book Poetry of Presence, available on Amazon
The accompanying image and many others are available to purchase or just enjoy on my website