As fellow lovers of words and their power I would like to introduce you to the work of Drew Dellinger. He is an ecological and cosmological poet. His great skill is to challenge our thinking with the words he writes.
I first came across his work when I attended a Pachamama conference. Pachamama is an Inca word meaning Mother Earth. At this conference we were given enough facts about the disastrous direction in which the world is heading that our own heads were starting to spin.
Problems such as the financial meltdown, thawing of the polar ice caps, warfare, disease and famine are just a few of the issues we must deal with. No wonder many of us are numb or in denial as to the precarious state of health of our planet.
But there is some good news. The largest ever social movement in history is rising up to resist the forces causing these crises. And its goal is to build a world that works sustainably for all life. The movement is called the Pachamama Alliance.
It was at this conference that one of Dellinger’s most famous poems was presented to us. If anyone has impressed me over the years with their ability to prove that the pen is mightier than the sword it is Drew Dellinger and it is this poem. The following is the first part of the poem. I would love to hear your feedback on Dellinger.
It’s 3.23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unravelling?
surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?
what did you do
So dear reader, what are you doing?
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