The Festival is scattering poems around the Center for the Arts – classic haiku and haiku “snowballs,” to be written by many people, interspersed with great poetry expressing gratitude to nature.
You are warmly invited to post a poem on this page, one of your own or one written by a favorite poet. The theme is gratitude to nature. Please be sure to include proper credit.
Here are a few to inspire you!
We asked the captain what course of action he proposed to take toward a beast so large, so terrifying, and unpredictable. He hesitated to answer, and then said judiciously, “I think I shall praise it.”
– Robert Haas
I pledge allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the soil
of Turtle Island
and to the beings who thereon dwell
under the sun
With joyful interpenetration for all.
– Gary Snyder
The Excesses of God
Is it not by his high superfluousness we know
For to equal a need
Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling
Rainbows over the rain
And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows
On the domes of deep sea-shells,
And make the necessary embrace of breeding
Beautiful also as fire,
Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom
Nor the birds without music:
There is the great humaneness at the heart of things,
The extravagant kindness, the fountain
Humanity can understand, and would flow likewise
If power and desire were perch-mates.
– Robinson Jeffers
Dawn is up early
Playful chirping in the air
Warmth of spring sunshine
– Cindee George (in the English tradition of three lines)