The pages in this section are devoted to nature — to Mother Earth and her many inspirations. To explore my nature books, environmental writings and interviews, and favorite ways to help the Earth — choose from the menu on the right.
Or ... if you're in the mood for some marvelous poems inspired by nature — here are a few of my favorites:
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
People say that walking on water is a miracle. But to me, walking peacefully on the Earth is the real miracle. The Earth is a miracle. Each step is a miracle. Taking steps on our beautiful planet can bring real happiness.
—Thich Nhat Hanh
For a poem that is hauntingly beautiful and deeply wise, read William Wordsworth's Lines Written Above Tintern Abbey. May it "disturb you with joy"!