Our Home by Sondra Koch

Sondra Koch is another one of the members of Creative Writing @ New Horizons, where we ZOOM each Wednesday with prompts by our great program manager, Judy. Here is the prompt for this week: Nature.
In April we celebrate both Earth Day and National Poetry Month, so this fits the bill for both! Thanx, Sondra.
Our Home by Sondra Koch
Beauty for all
Preserve it forever
Our hearts’ rhythm tuned to its beat
All hail
Mother Earth forever casts her spell
Gaylord Nelson, father of Earth Day, thank as well
2020, 50 years of this holiday declared
Honor the Earth, how many are prepared?
Then comes Arbor Day, plant a tree
Slow climate change, foster biodiversity
Look deep into nature and you will see
A perfect design, universally
Nature puts our senses in order
Insure its wonder from border to border
The music of Earth is loud and clear
Nations of the world, listen, hear
A common language for all to speak
Halt human damage, fight, don’t be weak
The poetry of Earth repeats a  refrain
Beauty is in jeopardy, in hurt, in pain
We live in a space between destruction and deflection
Avoid the tipping point, help provide protection
In these desperate minutes we have left
To save this planet, act, be deft
Preserve and cherish our pale blue dot
Bolster the strength of the only home we’ve got.

Autumn’s Treasure: Final Tree Poem for Fall

As the leaves fall to the ground and the last of the colored leaves cling to their branches, I took some photos and wrote this poem that I will add to my growing collection of fall rhymes.

Autumn’s Treasure

Early soft-lit sunshine, low in the autumn morn

Glistens on the falling leaves, beautifully worn.

Autumn: a time for change in nature’s book,

Enjoy the season’s treasures; Fall has a flaming look.

As Earth turns on its axis, tilting from the sun,

The leaves are gently falling, one by one by one.

Deep green chlorophyll ceases to be seen;

Leaves are red & gold, without the stronger green.

The time has come for trees to rest before a winter storm,

While hopefully we are tucked inside, safe and ever-warm.

Instead of mourning this time of leaves daily dying,

Honor this cycle of life — no need for sadness or crying.

Enjoy Mother Nature’s many gifts that all of us can share.

Celebrate every one, whatever “garments” she may wear.

Embrace this precious time so trees can rest and grow.

Take care of Planet Earth, for we reap the history that we sow!



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