Celebrating Earth Day with Poetry

April 22, 2015

To celebrate Earth Day, we’d like to share a poem that speaks of the wonder we experience in connection with our planet. It also reminds us of the power the humanities have to capture the spirit of natural phenomena and scientific inquiry. We hope this piece inspires you to reflect on our earth and what it means to you!

A Bird Song

It’s a year almost that I have not seen her:
Oh, last summer green things were greener,
Brambles fewer, the blue sky bluer.

It’s surely summer, for there’s a swallow:
Come one swallow, his mate will follow,
The bird race quicken and wheel and thicken.

Oh happy swallow whose mate will follow
O’er height, o’er hollow! I’d be a swallow,
To build this weather one nest together.

– Christina Rossetti, 1873
“A Bird Song” was originally published by Scribner’s Monthly in their January issue.
This poem is in the public domain.