I Swear the Earth


I swear the earth shall surely be complete to him orher who shall be complete,

The earth remains jagged and broken only to him or her who remains jagged and broken.

I swear there is no greatness or power that does not emulate those of the earth

There can be no theory of any account unless it corroborate the theory of the earth,

No politics, song, religion, behavior, or what not, is of account, unless it compare with the amplitude of the earth,

Unless it face the exactness, vitality, impartiality, rectitude of the earth.

(C) Walt Whitman, from Earth Prayers

  • In what ways are you jagged and broken? In what ways are you complete? How does your inner state impact the state of the earth?

  • Write a poem that begins with the words, I swear the earth...

  • What earth process-- seasons, growth, balance--would you like to see reflected in our political and social systems? Explore in your journal.