Earth Songs by Myra Cohn Livingston, Poet & Leonard Everett Fisher, Painter

As April is Poetry Month and Earth Day is celebrated the library makes life easy to be relevant and displays books on what is current. If you want to find something new and fresh that is the place to go. So, while perusing the display (in the children’s section – a favorite place) this book was found. It is a book long poem (in a manageable size for the younger reader) with the most beautiful illustrations by Leonard Everett Fisher, Painter. It is a tribute to the earth and connects the poetic word with awareness of our planet. I urge you to check it out.

Earth Songs ~ an excerpt

Little O, small earth, spinning in space,
face covered with dizzy clouds, racing,
chasing sunlight through the Milky Way,
say your secrets, small earth, little O,
know where you lead, I follow. I go

Patched together
With land and sea,
I am earth,
Great earth.
Come with me!

Huge continents lie on me, dry land,
sand grained from crumbled rock, now drifted,
sifted to powder. Silt, sand, red clay
weigh down my crust in layers of loam.
Roam everywhere – I am earth, your home.

Myra Cohn Livingston