24 July 2006

Four Elements: Earth

It is still... terra firma, which gives us so much
It yields to the water that dances with it
And to the fire that dances on it
And the sky that dances over it.

There is a world on it, and a world below
It can nourish when in balance, deprive when
In drought, and mire when in flood.

It is mother... from which we spring
And to which we return
And while we are on it, it gives us shelter
Like the plants that surround us.

It is earth... the rock and the shoal
It shakes and rolls, and stands and supports
A protector from all others.


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