How beautiful the earth
I want to say that in 100 years the moon will rise and be beautiful and shine its light across the sea even if the coastline isn't where it used to be. Every raindrop on a blade of grass will still be beautiful. Flowers will bloom. Beauty is what we are fighting for. Tell stories about how beautiful the Earth. Pay attention. Take that beauty as a sacred trust.
What’s a found poem?
Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems. A pure found poem consists exclusively of outside texts: the words of the poem remain as they were found, with few additions or omissions. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet.American Academy of Poets
The poem “How Beautiful the Earth” is based on Rebecca Solnit’s tenth way to stay hopeful in climate crisis: “Don’t neglect beauty.” I found her words so moving that I have held them up to the light of a blood-red moon. It was partially eclipsed last night. Then it emerged into the light, brighter than ever. A quiet symbol of hope.
Rebecca Solnit’s Long Read article in The Guardian, 18 November 2021:
Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope
Photo of partial eclipse of the moon taken in Eastbourne, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, by John Rainey-Smith on 19 November 2021.