If We Do Not Speak
If we do not speak to praise the Earth, it is best we keep silent.
Praise the air that fills the bellow of the lung and feeds our heart’s blood;
that carries light, the small of the flowers and the seas,
the songs of birds and the wind’s howl;
that conspires with distance to make the mountains blue.
Praise fire that lights the day and warms the night;
That cools our food and give motion to our wills;
that is the heart of earth, this fragment of a star; that burns and purifies for good or ill.
Praise water that makes the rivers and the seas;
that gives substance to the clouds and us that makes green the forest and the fields;
that swells the fruit and wombs our birth.
Praise Earth that is the ground, the mountain, and the stones;
that holds the forest and roots our sustenance; that is the garden and the desert sand;
that builds our bones and salts the seas, the blood;
that is our home and place.
If we do not speak in praise of the Earth,
if we do not sing in celebration of life, it is best we keep silent.
Rafael Jesús González: April 2011