Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

The Birds Stopped Singing

For Earth Day, 2023, while listening to the birds sing, while watching them fly.

The Birds Stopped Singing
The day the birds stopped singing
And we finally believed the cries of the earth,
The day it was too late to quell the rising tides,
Too late to quench the burning forests,
Too late to quash the hole in the sky,
All that was left was to mourn the future,
As the future mourned for us.

G-d of all,
We still hear the birds singing, for now,
So perhaps there is still time
To save the planet,
To save Your handiwork,
To save the future.
The hills will skip with joy,
And the rivers will gurgle with laughter,
When we finally listen to the voice of creation.
Give us ears, Author of life,
To hear the cries of the grieving earth.

© 2023 Alden Solovy and ToBendLight

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