Letter to the Earth and Other Poems : Letter to the Earth

I love you, Earth. 

I want you to be okay,

Which is to say, 

Bio-massive,

And -diverse. 


I love you, my family – Humanity.

I want you to be okay,

Which is to say,

Safe,

Happy,

And free

Of poverty.


I love you, offenders major,

Although I have at times imagined you hanging from a scaffold

Or with your face smashed in.

I want you to be okay too:

Safe,

Happy,

And free

Of your moral poverty.


I love you, offenders minor,

Although I have at times had contempt for your irresponsibility,

Wilful ignorance or lack of courage.

I want you to be okay :

Safe,

Happy,

And free,

Of your moral poverty.


I love you, Jonathan.

I want you to be okay too :

Safe,

Happy,

And free

Of poverty.


In loving these, I live and am :

My Earth,

My family – Humanity,

Which is to say,

Jonathan

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