I hear multitudes of gladness when I in silence stand
Even on a day hushed and still...
It is all of Nature's voices I hear singing to my Soul
And I never seem to ever get my fill;
The sun shines down around me giving day it's glow
On her back at night lays soft pale moon...
There are days rains fall from Heaven giving Earth a drink
But whatever comes the birds give joyful tune!
The fragile, dainty butterflies and fireflies at night
The fragrant, lovely flowers on a hill
The life which lives in wetlands, in forests deepened hush
Life's diversity gives my heart a thrill!
Baby bunnies leap for joy in morning dew and mist
I watch a hawk soar far above Earth Mother..
Wild horses run the deserts free of man, of bridle, fence
This freedom that they know is like no other;
This Earth our only Mother so gently on her tread
Our flesh is hers, her creatures are our kin...
Her trees are lungs of Earth, her rivers give us life
To destroy God's gift is Mankind's greatest sin!
I love the woodsy smell of pine on walks I take alone
I see many kinds of life rich and rare...
All of life is Sacred and all life is connected
And all life is under God's Holy care....
(c) M. Linda Steffey 1996