Gaia’s Garden

I wrote this poem about 5 years ago for a climate fiction paranormal mystery trilogy that’s still in the works. 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.

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

Feature Photo by Veeturzey on Unsplash.

Jan L. Mayes

“Never give up. Never surrender.”

Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.

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