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We Remember, We Create

by Rusty Keeler
July/August 2008
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How do we describe in words
how a child feels when they dip their fingers
in cool fresh water for the very first time?
Can we imagine?

How can we know the feeling of
connecting with the earth
in youthful delight and wonder?
Can we imagine?
Can we remember?

We are part of Nature.
And Nature is a part of us.
We are connected to the planet
in every way.

And the world is alive.
We are surrounded by its life.
We are its life.

Life swims, crawls, flies, stands, grows, dies.
We must remember life’s blessings.
Green plants sparkle beside calm water.
Raindrops splash.
Sun shines brightly.
As a child we form tiny, deep
connections with the natural world.
We bend down and notice:
ants working in teams;
life flowing through the veins of leaves;
the pattern of the universe in the
face of a sunflower.

All children deserve friendship
with the natural world.
A garden, a flower, a small hill to climb.
We can help.

Joining together, we create our world.
Joining together, we build our communities.

We are Nature.
Our children are Nature.
Are our children in Nature?

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