Spring

O sweet spontaneous earth,
how often have the doting fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched and poked thee,
has the naughty thumb of science prodded thy beauty?
How often have religions taken thee
upon their scraggy knees squeezing and buffeting thee
that thou mightest conceive gods?

But true to the incomparable couch of death,
thy rhythmic lover,
thou answerest them only with spring.

by e.e. cummings (formatting and punctuation altered)

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About John Halstead

John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion, where he practices an idiosyncratic form of Naturalistic Paganism. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet and has participated in direct action against the fossil fuel industry. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” (ecopagan.com). John strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Pagan Statement through his writing and activism. Since 2011, John has been writing about religion and life at AllergicPagan.com. He has written for numerous other online platforms, including The Huffington Post, Patheos, GodsandRadicals.org, Witches & Pagans, and GodisChange.org. John is the Editor-at-Large at HumanisticPaganism.com. He also edited the anthology, Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans (2016). John is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community (GodisChange.org). View all posts by John Halstead

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