In the midst of turmoil, our Mother Earth besieged by bloody conflict, in a world beleaguered by well-healed negligence, humanity is laced with one great flaw. Children are dying We are dying with you. I am crying for you. Yet, whilst this goes on, you walk the woods, harvesting your pine cones putting them in your wishing well. Your unconscious prayer for a better world, for love, for life, that sows the seeds of perfect purity in heart and mind, that will not fade with time. This is the magnificence, the magic of your spirit that is untouched by a tainted world. Then, in one gesture, one single act of generosity, of utterly moving faith, you beckoned me come close to you. You looked me in the eyes; and I was hypnotised. Then, you gave it to me, one single piece of magic, a piece of nature's bounty, and bade me keep its secret as covert as a spy. Each time I hold your gift, when we are far apart, I'll think of you and remember this moment, by which you have renewed my faith in all our futures. You could melt the heart, like chocolate on a Summer's day. You could soften steel in hardened minds. You and your magic are our future.
Eight years ago, my then 4-year old granddaughter gave me a pine cone. She had found it as the family walked together in the woods. She called me to her, very secretively, and put it in my hand, confiding in me that it was a magic secret and that I should tell no one. She bade me keep the secret, which I did do for five full years … until 29th September 2018. This particular date was the 100 Thousand Poets for Change annual celebration, which, in that year, was embellished by a campaign to Read-a-Poem-to-a-Child . It finally came to the day, five years after she gave me that pine cone, that I should share this magic moment with a wider audience for the sake of the mission of Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, who established the 100TPC in 2011. Its mission is in complete harmony with the mission of the BeZine, to promote Peace, Sustainability and Social Justice. It was, most important of all, a reminder that we should appreciate, value and respect our children, grandchildren and all those who follow us, for the sake of a sustainable future for generations of young minds, whose task it will be to care for this precious planet …
… thank you Jessica.
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