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 fire storms. 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
Gaia’s Garden from Gossamer: A Poetry Collection.


Earth Day 2019

This year’s Earth Day theme is Protect Our Species. On April 1, I joined the Right to Quiet Society Board of Directors. I’m volunteering for this charity as News Editor and Noise Education Development Coordinator. Lots of ideas and plans. Check out my first quiz:

Right to Quiet Society Earth Day 2019 Quiz: Climate change, noise pollution, and species

For more info on Earth Day activities and resources, check out:

Earth Day Canada Earth Day 2019 #Free Your Play

Earth Day Network Earth Day 2019 Protect Our Species

Photo by Robert Collins on Unsplash.

Feature Photo by Veeturzey on Unsplash.

Jan L. Mayes

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

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