and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?
what did you do
“...All life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” MLK understood that the civil rights movement was connected to other social justice and human rights issues around the world, hence the phrase “planetize the movement.” This is still true today as we see the threads of connection between issues of environmental degradation, social justice and human fulfillment.
We can also see the powerful threads between women’s education, better health care and economic wellbeing for the family. Or, the positive effects as we invest in renewable energy, lower carbon use, and a build healthier economy. Or, follow the example of “Buy Nothing” (a recycling group), save money, and get to know your neighbors.
Drew has been called “a national treasure,” by Joanna Macy, “a deep and courageous poet,” by Alice Walker and “one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic voices of his generation,” by Cornel West.
More importantly, I have seen his words open people’s hearts and encourage them to act. It is 3:23 in the morning, and my great, great grandchildren are calling to me.
I invite you to view his work, http://drewdellinger.org/ with the hope that you discover your own inspiring staircase through the mystery of life.