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
Gaia’s Garden from Gossamer: A Poetry Collection.

Feature Photo by Veeturzey on Unsplash.

Jan L. Mayes

MSc, Aud(C), RAud

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

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