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Poem: Earth rising

Editor’s Note: “In honor of Earth Week this week, Sister Ruth Johnson, SP, shares the poem below that she wrote to reverence Earth.”

Sometimes I hear voices
rising from the Earth
warm words – sounds
that resonate and flutter
leaves rustling growing
green thoughts from the soil

It is alive and clings to us
in ways we have forgotten
It’s self-giving and
“belonging” sing no more
as it once did
it cries in need of
it pleads for us in all the ways it can

When the Earth speaks
it speaks in tones for
all that grows within and without
it springs from well-being
it speaks to all who
have discovered the
words to live by
it speaks in a language
that only those who
have risen to its voice
can understand
it lives through their
response and when they
forget their birthright
It speaks for itself

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Sister Ruth Johnson

Sister Ruth has been a Sister of Providence for 70 years. She currently ministers as a fiber artist and volunteer at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.

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  1. Susan Paweski on April 22, 2022 at 10:39 am

    How beautiful! I just read that doctors are prescribing that patients spend time in nature for overall health. Sister Ruth is right on the cutting edge in so many ways. Thank you, Ruth

  2. Donna Butler on April 22, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Beautiful reflection. Ruth!

  3. Marilyn Schaaf Rausch on April 23, 2022 at 10:36 am

    What a beautiful reflection, Sister Ruth! It reminds me of Hopkin’s “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” We are so blessed to have a Creator who placed us in such a vibrant, living environment. May we never forget the responsibility that we bear to respect and sustain it!

  4. Mary Riley on April 23, 2022 at 11:44 am

    A beautiful poem from a beautiful person. Thanks for sharing your many gifts with us Sister Ruth!

  5. Paula Damiano, SP on April 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Lovely! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Lori Strawn on April 25, 2022 at 10:28 am

    You are an amazingly gifted poet, S. Ruth!

  7. Mary Tomlinson on April 27, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks, Ruth. For such beautiful words. Indeed the Earth is calling our name. Mary

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