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 Halstead is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is one of the founders of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which works to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” (ecopagan.com). He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post, PrayWithYourFeet.org, and Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of HumanisticPaganism.com. John also edited the anthology, "Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans". He is also a Shaper of the Earthseed community which can be found at GodisChange.org. View all posts by John Halstead

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