William Blake Says: Every Thing that Lives is Holy

Adrian Mitchell, England

1932 - 2008

Poet, playwright and novelist

Long live the Child
Long live the Mother and Father
Long live the People

Long live this wounded Planet
Long live the good milk of the Air
Long live the spawning Rivers and the mothering Oceans
Long live the juice of the Grass
and all the determined greenery of the Globe

Long live the Elephants and the Sea Horses,
the Humming-Birds and the Gorillas,
the Dogs and Cats and Field-Mice –
all the surviving animals
our innocent Sisters and Brothers

Long live the Earth, deeper than all our thinking

we have done enough killing

Long live the Man
Long live the Woman
Who use both courage and compassion
Long live their Children

Image credit: Hieronymous Bosch. Garden of Earthly Delights, 1510. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. WebMuseum, Paris. Nicolas Pioch.

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