A Poem a Day Series 2019 – Day 22

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22.

Earth Day_April 22

A Moment’s Interlude

Richard Aldington1892 – 1962

One night I wandered alone from my comrades’ huts;
The grasshoppers chirped softly
In the warm misty evening;
Bracken fronds beckoned from the darkness
With exquisite frail green fingers;
The tree gods muttered affectionately about me,
And from the distance came the grumble of a kindly train.

I was so happy to be alone,
So full of love for the great speechless earth,
That I could have laid my cheek in the wet grasses
And caressed with my lips the hard sinewy body
Of Earth, the cherishing mistress of bitter lovers. 

This poem is in the public domain.

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