The Earth is my mother,
I shall not want.
She nurtures me in green pastures;
she freshens me with flowing waters.
She restores my body and awakens my soul.
Although I walk in the shadow of changing seasons and passing time,
I will not fear death,
for the essence of life is within me,
the peace and beauty of Earth comfort me.
She teaches me to harvest her abundant gifts,
she fills my heart with compassion,
I drink from the cup of simple pleasures.
As I look to the skies with wonder at the immensity of the universe,
I know I am blessed beyond measure
to live all the days of my life in the bountiful house of Gaia.
— Dolores Stewart Riccio
From “A Psalm for Gaia ”