We call this blue jewel
astronauts kiss on returning
home, which means many things
and is where death happens.

Her tectonic rage resonates through space
as she becomes bell, ringing and indifferent;
tsunamis and fallen cities simply notes
in her sounding,

but us,  we remember.
We light candles.  We pray
and imagine leaving the hard love
of our stone mother
for the clean blues of a heaven
only pure because we are far from it.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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48 Responses to perspectives

  1. Trent Lewin says:

    The grass is always greener in the other cosmos. This was a big poem Susan, I respect and like that. I think we are destined to leave this world behind, and that’s okay, cause who said we came from here anyway? That’s just a rumour forwarded via books written by aliens.

  2. I like this poem especially as we’re just out of climate change week in the UK and will celebrate Earth Hour later in March … I love the rhythm / way you’ve used these words ‘…bell, ringing and indifferent; / tsunamis and fallen cities …’

    … and j’adore ‘blue jewel’ 🙂

  3. just gorgeous. reading it is like floating away.

  4. claudia says:

    yes…all a matter of perspective…but us, we remember.
    We light candles. We pray….love this

  5. Mary says:

    Ah, yes it would definitely be hard to leave our ‘blue jewel’ here; but someday it will happen to us all….not as it did to the astronauts, but perhaps to a better place than anything discovered yet! (Hoping)

  6. Joseph Hesch says:

    Perspective and scale are always lost in the distance, whether it be planets or people. Well done, Susan!

  7. brian miller says:

    only pure because we are far from it…aint that the truth…give us reliable space travel and we will surely find a way to turn the rest of the universe into our waste land….

  8. Alice Keys says:

    Thanks for the reminder of our true mother. we’ve got to take better care of her.

  9. ayala says:

    A good write, Susan.

  10. Only pure because we are far from it So true. Very nice piece

  11. Tony says:

    A lovely poem, Susan, even though I don’t agree with all the details 😉 What if the program is to renew the planet, and us right along with it? Just asking….

    • That is a lovely interpretation, and if I were referring to pollution here (which I am not doing directly, but every take is valid), I would agree a renewal is in order. And it most certainly is! What I mean here, is, tired of our harsh parent, we dream of something softer, and far away, instead of this wild, unpredictable planet beneath our feet 😉

      It is actually more spiritual than physical.

  12. myrthryn says:

    “Only pure because we are far from it”, excellently worded Susan!

  13. Pamela says:

    Susan, profound take on how we have abused our mother earth. Well said.


  14. Rowan Taw says:

    Ir reminds me of my puzzlement when people speak of “saving the world” – the world will continue on in one form or another (unless a huge asteroid crashed into it and shattered the whole thing), it’s really just us we’re trying to save!

  15. love the last stanza, Susan

  16. nelle says:

    Yes yes yes… and in reality it and us there and here, all the same, just in different shapes and aggregations.

  17. Matthew says:

    “We pray
    and imagine leaving the hard love
    of our stone mother
    for the clean blues of a heaven
    only pure because we are far from it.”

    So amazing.

    I may need to keep this poem on my bedside table.

  18. Sabio Lantz says:

    Fascinating ! Like grass that is greener — our imaginations want to always imagine there is somewhere better than our hard shifting merciless rock upon which, on a thin layer of soil, we play.

    Love the space view.

  19. Lindy Lee says:

    Heaven & perception– they are the same…

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