Thursday, April 21, 2022

Invest In Our Earth


Poster created by NASA. See the whole poster here.

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated around the globe. This year's theme is "Invest In Our Earth". As residents of the earth, we need to take on the role of steward and keep watch over the bountiful creation provided to us. 

"Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness."   - Eckhart Tolle 

This year, asks people across the world to "invest in technologies and practices that can benefit the earth".   

Recipe for Change

Observe our beautiful earth through nature's eyes, protective and calm.
Become a watchful steward; recycle waste properly.
Commit to a green future; next generations need your help now!
©CVarsalona, 2022, sijo

Listen to Love Song to the Earth.

Quote  to Inspire Poetry:
The earth is what we all have in common. - Wendell Berry

There is beauty in fragile flowers, the
turn of light upon the grass. The earth
wrapped in shades of vibrant hues is
resplendent in springtime, but what 
if we neglect our mighty land?  Will we
deplete earth of its riches or of all
it has bestowed on mankind. Have
we forgotten what is necessary in
our haste to have superfluous interests in common?
©Carol Varsalona, 2017

On April 26th, I will gather image poems and artistic expressions that are offered
for my 2022 National Poetry Month Poetryliscious Gallery

You can find my padlet repository for the Poetryliscious Gallery here.
The Twitter hashtag is #Poetryliscious.

Thank you to poet-author-teacher, Margaret Simon, who is the host of Poetry Friday this week. It is Margaret's turn to add line 21 to the Progressive Poem and she does so with grace. 
Join me at Margaret's blog post to read other posts filled with poetic goodness for the Poetry Friday Roundup.


  1. "Have we forgotten what is necessary. . ." - Indeed we have. I support change, if only others will, too, Carol. For our grandchildren, right? The video, wow, just wonderful to see (& hear). Thank you!

  2. Thank you for sharing this Carol. I was just at a tech conference where I saw a demo of a furniture company using plastic bottles to create ultra thin, ultra strong upholstery for furniture. The idea being that the plastic in the ocean can be taken out, repurposed and reused for super durable furniture. Pretty neat stuff! --Tim

  3. I love that quote--perfect for a golden shovel. Thanks, Carol, and happy Earth Day!

  4. Happy Earth Day, Carol!! Such a lovely, inspiring post. Enjoyed your poems (great Berry quote!) and the video (how have I never seen it before?). Paul with wind blown hair and bare feet *swoons*.

  5. What a beautiful Earth Day post! I love your golden shovel--"the/turn of light on the grass" reflects the interesting ways poetry lines turn with this form.

  6. Lovely post, Carol, and we might hope that thinking of those things we have in common, like the Earth will help us. It can't hurt.

  7. Beautiful post, Carol. I love the poem based on Wendell Berry's quote.

  8. Oooh. 'superfluous interests in common'. What a clever line. As always your post is both beautiful and thought provoking.

  9. Happy Earth Day! So much inspiration is found in this post. How are you? Are you feeling better?

  10. Beautiful Golden Shovel poem, Carol; Berry's quote is so true!

  11. Carol, what a cool Golden Shovel. Love it! "Have we forgotten/what is necessary"is a GREAT question.

  12. I 'dig' your golden shovel, Carol. Wendell Berry speaks the truth. :)

  13. I'm going to call this your "love post to the Earth," Carol. Beautiful.

  14. Gorgeous video Carol, almost leaves me teary eyed, and beautiful poems for our Mother Earth–your "Recipe" is straight forward and let's go after what's "necessary," thanks!

  15. Oh, Carol--I'm sorry I missed this last week! Luckily, Earth Day is Every Day and here I am to thank you for putting essential messages out loud and clear. Your Wendell Berry striking line is beautiful and your poem is pointed. I love that song and the video, too--a song which wasn't nearly as big a hit as it should have been! Yes, do please include whatever you like from my PreK post.