How beautiful you are, Earth, and how sublime!
How perfect your obedience to the light and how noble is your submission to the sun.
I have walked over your plains,
I have climbed your stony mountains
I have descended into your valley;
I have entered into your caves.
On the plains I have discovered your dreams,
On the mountains I have admired your splendid presence.
And in the valleys I have observed your tranquility;
In the caves I have touched your mysteries.
You are the mouth and lips of Eternity,
The strings and fingers of Time,
The mystery and solution of life.
How generous you are, Earth, and
How strong is your yearning for
Your children lost between
That which they have attained
And that which they could not obtain
We pierce your bosom with swords and spears.
And you dress our wounds with oils and balsam
We plant your fields with skulls and bones.
And from them you rear cypress and willow trees,
We empty our wastes in your bosom, and you fill
Our thrashing floors with wheat sheaves,
And our wine presses with grapes.
We extract your elements to make
Cannons and bombs but out of
Our elements you create lilies and roses
How patient you are Earth, and how merciful!
Are you an atom of dust raised by
The feet of God when He journeyed from
The East to the West of Universe?
Who are you, Earth, and what are you?
You are “I”, Earth!
You are my sight and my discernment.
You are my knowledge and my dream
You are my hunger and my thirst.
You are my sorrow and my joy.
You are the beauty that lives in my eyes
The longing in my heart, the everlasting life in my soul!
You are “I” Earth,
Had it not been for my being,
You would not have been!