REASON TO SING
SOFT GRASS UNDER FEET
THE SUNS RAYS A BURNING HEAT
THE SONG OF A BIRD, AN INSECTS CRY
THE COLOUR OF THE WILDFLOWERS
AND THE BLUE OF THE SKY
THE LIFE IN THE HEDGEROWS
NATURES SAVING GRACE
FROM MANS CONSTANT GREED
WHICH IS A TRUE DISGRACE
BUT THE POWER OF A FLOWER
AND THE SEED FROM A WEED
WILL BREAK THROUGH THE CONCRETE
AND CALL TO BE FREED
FREED BY THE WIND
AND NOURISHED BY THE SUN
FED BY THE RAIN
AND CONNECTED TO THE ONE
THE ONE LIFE THAT CONNECTS
EACH AND EVERY THING
AND GIVES A BIRD A PASSION
AND A REASON TO SING
TO SING OF THE JOY
TO BE VIBRANT AND ALIVE
WHY THE HONEY BEE FLIES AROUND THE EARTH
AND BACK TO ITS HIVE
HOW A SPIDER BUILDS A WEB
WITH THE STRONGEST THREAD
AND A DRAGONFLY'S WINGS
TRANSLUCENT BUT STRONG
AND THE DISTANT MIGRATION OF THOSE
WHO DON’T CARE HOW LONG
HOW LONG IT IS TO FLY AROUND THE EARTH
A MYSTERIOUS GENETIC MEMORY
FROM EVERY DEATH TO EVERY BIRTH
AND EVERY BIRTH BRINGS NEW LIFE
A NEW CHAPTER , A NEW START
LIKE THE BEATING OF A DRUM
WHICH SOUNDS LIKE A HEART
A HEARTBEAT WHICH UNITES
ALL PEOPLE AS ONE
NO COLOUR, RACE OR RELIGION
WE ALL LIVE UNDER THE SAME SUN
Law of Opposites
If you open your eyes really wide
You will see different worlds side by side
Vibrant life right next to destruction
Tranquility opposed to noise and construction
Respect for all and respect for none
Resource extraction from our ancient sun
Birds singing and waterfalls
Modern man and industry calls
To rape the earth and suck her dry
Some rejoice whilst others cry
To take the blood from the earth
I'm not sure really what is worse
Now her blood is known as black gold
And every part of her body is bought and sold
An urgency to extract all that they can
And total disconnection from the land
What will it take to remember the way
And what can anyone really say
When pools of poison still remain
To these corporations its just a game
They cant admit to what they've done
Just take the money, leave and run
They have what they want and that is it
And really in truth they don't give a s**t
So now its down to us who can see
To show the world how we need to be
To take responsibility for our deeds
And move beyond lust and greed
To stop , to change, to renew and restore
And make respect a new kind of law
Earth Day Ode
Best planet in the solar system, how lucky we are,
Could have landed on any, barren, lifeless star.
But this beautiful ball, wet and round,
floating in space, is what we found.
Give thanks every day, to the wonder of our home.
A living, breathing eco-system, Its not just a stone.
The Earth is our mother, is what the ancient people say.
Respect it and love it, each and every day.
So what can I do, to make a difference today?
Look at all your rubbish, and find another way.
Say 'No' to the packaging, and chemicals in your food.
Flavourings and colourings, that effect your very mood.
Say 'No' to the chemicals, that you flush down the drain.
Polluting precious water, is really just insane.
Climate change is happening, and its now down to us.
To change our comfy lifestyles, without making too much fuss.
Look to the future, 7 generations ahead.
When they look back at us, Oh, what will be said?
"They didn't really care, about poisoning the Earth.
Just money and television, What is life really worth?"
But now its time to change, and clean up our ways.
All life is a circle, It'll be like the good 'ol days
Think what your doing, has an effect in every way.
And the money in your pocket, is how you have your say.
Those Who See
Still ancient trees fall in the name of greed
And prophesies and warnings they do not heed
Now corporate power rules on Earth
And life and nature have not worth
When will we open our eyes to see
The marriage between nature and humanity
When will we open our eyes to see
That only the Earth can set us free
Corruption, lies and the thirst for power
Bring us closer to the final hour
The end of oil, the end of an age
Anarchy will rule along with certain rage
For none want to change their cozy ways
As the sunsets on these final days
The parties over, they need to see
And those who rule can't set us free
Only those awake will stand to fight
For freedoms sake and what is right
Only those who see heaven on Earth
The dawn of an age and the planets worth.
A WORLD IN PAIN
WHILST HALF THE WORLD IS STILL AT WAR
WITH CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS AND POINTLESS LAW
SUPPRESSION, OPPRESSION AND NO HUMAN RIGHTS
FOR FREEDOMS SAKE WE MUST NOT FIGHT
WHILST THERE'S WAR PEACE CAN NEVER BE FOUND
AND TO THE WAR MACHINE WE ARE ALL BOUND
ANGER FIGHTS ANGER AND FEAR AGAINST FEAR
COMMUNICATION IS NEEDED FOR ALL TO BE CLEAR
SO WHY WONT THEY LISTEN TO WHAT'S BEING SAID
TO FEEL FROM THEIR HEARTS AND GET OUT OF THEIR HEAD
TO RESPECT EACH LIFE AND TO VALUE ALL
TO SPEAK THE TRUTH AND STAND UP TALL
TORTURE AND SUFFERING AND STILL IN MAN'S HANDS
A VARIETY OF EVILS IN DIFFERENT LANDS
A WOMAN'S LIFE IS STILL SO CHEAP
STONED TO DEATH AND SHE MUST NOT WEEP
SLICED AND SOWN IN HER SACRED PLACE
IN THE NAME OF RELIGION AND NOT TO LOSE FACE
MERCY KILLINGS ARE STILL BEING DONE
FOR SHE MUST NOT LOVE OR BE SEEN TO HAVE FUN
WHERE IS THE RESPECT, COMPASSION AND LOVE
IS THIS WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM THIS GOD UP ABOVE
SENSELESS TORMENT, DISEASE AND PAIN
TO INFLICT ON ANOTHER WE SHOULD LIVE IN SHAME
IT’S A WORLD IN PAIN, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE
ITS SUCH A SHAME, IT’S A WORLD IN PAIN
BIG TREES WHERE FAIRIES RESIDE
WHERE ELVES AND PIXIES PLAY AND HIDE
BIG TREES WHO PLAY HOUSE AND HOME
TO PLANTS AND CREATURES WHEREVER THEY ROAM
BIG TREES WHO HAVE SEEN SO MUCH
AND FELT THE LOVE OF HUMAN TOUCH
BIG TREES WHO STAND SO TALL AND STRONG
IN TUNE WITH THE UNIVERSAL SONG
BIG TREES WHO OPEN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS
AND UNITE ALL PEOPLE FROM WORLDS APART
BIG TREES, OUR FRIENDS, OUR TEACHERS, OUR LOVE
WHO RADIATE THEIR WISDOM AND LOOK DOWN FROM ABOVE
BIG TREES WHO ASK FOR NOTHING MORE
THAN TO RESPECT ALL LIFE AND NATURES LAW
BIG TREES WHO STAND SILENT AND STILL
IN TUNE WITH ALL AND GREAT SPIRITS WILL
OH TO BIG, ANCIENT, WISE, ELDER TREES, MAY WE STAND UP AND PROTECT THEM FOR THEY CAN NOT RUN FROM THE MIGHTY STEEL....
All poems by Nicola Peel