Hymn to Gaia by Tom Williams

…and Earth herself, who gives birth to all things,
and having nurtured them receives their increase in turn…

καὶ γαῖαν αὐτήν, ἣ τὰ πάντα τίκτεται,
θρέψασά τ᾽ αὖθις τῶνδε κῦμα λαμβάνει

Yea summon Earth, who brings all things to life
And rears and takes again into her womb.

~Two translations from Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers, 127-8,
the first tr. by H. W. Smyth and the second tr. by Jules Cashford
The Setting of the Sun Over the Pacific Ocean and a Towering Thundercloud, July 21, 2003 As Seen From the International Space Station (Expedition 7); Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. "Astronaut Photography of Earth - Display Record."

The Setting of the Sun Over the Pacific Ocean and a Towering Thundercloud, July 21, 2003 As Seen From the International Space Station (Expedition 7); Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center.

 

An excerpt from Hymn To Gaia
by Tom Williams

When o’er your dreaming hills the dawning day ignites its fire,
And on your seas the light’s caress awakens wind and spray,
Your breath bids bud and branch push forth to echo your desire,
And in a womb a heart begins your rhythmic hymn to play,
The eye that opens upon itself, an eye that’s opened before,
Seeks knowledge deep with each repeat, the better to adore.
So Yes! Yes! to the beating heart,
That echoes the surge of the sea,
And sends blood’s course with primal force,
Urged on by the will to be.
And Yes! Yes! to the pulse that flows,
The stream of life’s rebirth,
The sacred flame intones your name,
Oh Gaia, soul of the Earth.

read the rest…

(This was originally, as far as I can tell, posted @ Daily Kos by Cardshark on May 31, 2010. Since I can’t find a way to contact said member for permission to post this absolutely beautiful bit of devotional poetry and Daily Kos allows folks to essentially “reblog” I’m erring on the side of forgiveness AND caution–follow the above link for the rest of the poem, and, if you are the original author and want me to take this bit down, I will (humbly and under much inner protest)…but if you want to give me permission to post the whole thing, I’ll jump up and down for joy…also, if you are the original author, I’ll be happy to link elsewhere.)
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Occasionally doting wife, damn proud momma of two adorable children, veteran of the United States Navy, semi-steampunk bohemian beach addict from middle America, Civil War reenactor and Victorian natural history aficionado, canoeing and kayaking and paddleboarding fanatic, Unitarian Universalist and pantheistic Pagan, devotee of various aquatic deities, and practitioner of bioregional witchery View all posts by thalassa

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