The Forest That We Left Behind - A Poem
The forest was where life gathered momentum
And the earth found its purpose, duty and intent.
It was in the forests the earliest humans appeared
And learned to walk, live and dream big dreams.
In the forests only the seeds of civilization were sown,
Seers learned to meditate and envision transcendence,
While ascetics found their way to peace and salvation.
Again in the forests only the Buddha and Mahavira found
the wisdom of salvation and the cure for suffering.
The forest is the Goddess Upon earth, the Mother of All
The sanctuary where people bathe in peace and solace.
We abandoned forests and ancient ways, but she still
nourishes us all as the high priestess who brings
good tidings and sacred food from the shining lord.
She nourishes the earth and sky so that we may breathe.