I wrote this poem as lyrics for a song in my climate fiction novel that I plan to publish in 2020-2021. My idea was inspired by drought and summer fire destruction happening in my province of British Columbia, Canada, and in other locations around the world.
My story takes place in a future devastated by global warming, rising temperatures, and annual firestorms. Every year, the people left alive come together to sing Gaia’s Garden as part of an annual mandatory community ritual.
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Gaia had a garden Plushly green and pure Crystal water mountains Sustenance for all Bullies took Her garden Lying murder theft Poison vandalism Dread extinction death Children tend Her garden Now for evermore Return Gaia’s nature Plushly green and pure © 2016 Jan L. Mayes
Gaia’s Garden is included in my one and only poetry ebook. Every now and then, I add new poems in a free update to Gossamer: A Poetry Collection (2016).
When I publish the novel, I might include my simple composed piano music for Gaia’s Garden if readers are interested.