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Prayers For The Earth

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    © 1994 SHERYL McCARTNEY http://www.imagics.com/stores/ PRAYERS FOR THE EARTH For once on the face of the earth let s not speak in any language Let s stop for
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      © 1994 SHERYL McCARTNEY http://www.imagics.com/stores/

      PRAYERS FOR THE EARTH

      For once on the face of the earth let's not speak in any language
      Let's stop for one second and not move our arms so much.
      It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines.
      We would all be together in a sudden strangeness.
      Fisherman in the cold sea would not harm whales
      And the man gathering salt would look at his hurt hands.
      Those who prepare green wars, wars with gas, wars with fire,
      Victory with no survivors
      Would put on clean clothes and walk about with their brothers
          in the shade doing nothing.
      What I want should not be confused with total inactivity,
      Life is what it is about.
      I want no truck with death.
      If we were not so single minded about keeping our lives moving,
      And for once could do nothing,
      Perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never
          understanding ourselves
      And of threatening ourselves with death.
      Perhaps the earth can teach us when everything seems dead
          and later proves to be alive.

      Pablo Neruda, "Prayers for the Earth"

       

       

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