Mother Earth, it is not you who need
to be invoked—for you are always here!
But we your human children who today must
be invoked—who have abandoned you,
forgotten to call upon you, neglected to care for you,
failed to serve you and disregarded your needs.
Help us now to awaken and remember
our obligations to you and all Earth’s beings.
Let your spirit fill us with love, appreciation, joy
and overwhelming desire to serve you in all that we do.
May we think and speak and act as one family of one Mother
who gives life to all and when it is time, takes it away.
Guide us, Great Mother, in every decision we make,
every habit we develop, every action we undertake.
May we never forget you again, beloved Mother Earth,
beautiful and bountiful source and resting place and wonder.
**Selections from Janine Canan’s forthcoming book: CONSCIOUSNESS: Conversations, Meditation, Prayers & Poems