[ In honor of the Earth for Earth Day; Monday April 22, 2016.
This post is written to be read out loud.]
the Earth supports all life upon it.
The Earth provides everything we need.
I cannot make even the smallest part
of what this fragile life utterly needs .
From before birth until our death and decomposition,
the Earth sustains and nourishes us.
This body is composed of the solid elements of the Earth, water, air and energy.
I shall see how from birth through death, moment by moment
Life is completely dependent on and
perpetually supported by the Earth.
The solid elements of the Earth
Without the Earth, there is no life.
This body is constructed of the elements of the Earth’s crust.
Without these elements, no body can exist.
No humans, no animals, no plants, no rocks.
Carbon, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, Calcium and Phosphorous
99% of the body is made of these
( the last 1% is trace elements )
I can do nothing to create a single atom of this body
All the building blocks were here long before I was born
Before my grandparents were born
Before the first humans walked upon the ancient Earth.
This body is 60 to 70 % water.
Without water, in a few days I will die.
Drinking, bathing, washing, flushing, swimming, and growing crops.
Water lies at the center of human life
Life begins in water
For nine months we live in the water of the amnion,
protected by water,
nourished through water.
Water courses through the body with every heartbeat,
and falls away with each tear.
I can do nothing to create a single drop of water,
no matter how great my thirst.
Water does not belong to me or anyone
The water was here before I was born
Before my grandparents were born
Before the first humans swam in the ancient seas.
We breath about 12 times a minute, more that 6 million times every year.
Without air, we lose consciousness in moments, and quickly perish.
The Earth’s atmosphere filters the sun,
carries the clouds,
and connects us with everything that breaths
The breath I breath in now
just breathed out by someone else,
by the trees and green plants outside,
by every other human,
that ever lived.
I can do nothing to create a single lungful of air
Air does not belong to me or to anyone.
The air was all here long before I was born
Before my grandparents were born,
Before the first humans breathed the fresh air of the ancient Earth.
Without energy there is no life.
The Earth flying through space
Orbits the Sun in a very narrow path,
Earth’s temperate climate
Depends critically on it’s distance to the Sun.
The energy of the Sun,
Comes to us as heat,
Our body receives the energy,
So we live, move, and function.
Energy changes endlessly
from one form to another,
Continuing as long as we live.
I can do nothing to make a single joule of energy,
no matter how great my wish.
Energy does not belong to me or anyone,
passing through life, changing form.
The sun has allowed life, supported life, renewed life
Before the first humans gazed upon an ancient African savannah’s dawn.
The elements of the body,
Water of the body,
Air in the breath,
All are on loan from the Earth.
How many generations have been born,
lived taking what they needed,
Giving everything back that was on loan from the Earth
Since the first humans appeared ?
I see that everything that permits life,
Everything that supports life,
Everything that promotes life,
The life of my parents
The life of every living thing
the entire biotic world
from the highest reaches of the atmosphere
to the deepest ocean depths
lives on the Earth,
depends on the Earth.
For just this moment,
I shall remember my home world
with deep gratitude,
I shall recall with humble awe
The beauty these eyes see,
The delight this body knows,
Every experience that ever transpired,
of the Earth
And the cornucopia of life
sustained by the Earth.
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Earth photo courtesy of here.
Four elements from here.