A Poem shared by Jacinda Ahern of New Zealand to Papatuanuki (Mother Earth)

????Rest now, e Papatūānuku

Breathe easy and settle

Right here where you are

We’ll not move upon you

For awhile????

 

We’ll stop, we’ll cease

We’ll slow down and stay home

 

Draw each other close and be kind

Kinder than we’ve ever been.

I wish we could say we were doing it for you

as much as ourselves

 

But hei aha

 

We’re doing it anyway

 

It’s right. It’s time.

Time to return

Time to remember

Time to listen and forgive

Time to withhold judgment

Time to cry

Time to think

 

About others

 

Remove our shoes

Press hands to soil

Sift grains between fingers

 

???? Gentle palms

 

Time to plant

Time to wait

Time to notice

To whom we belong

 

For now it’s just you

And the wind

And the forests and the oceans and the sky full of rain

 

Finally, it’s raining!

 

Ka turuturu te wai kamo o Rangi ki runga i a koe

 

????Embrace it

 

This sacrifice of solitude we have carved out for you

 

He iti noaiho – a small offering

People always said it wasn’t possible

To ground flights and stay home and stop our habits of consumption

 

But it was

It always was.

 

We were just afraid of how much it was going to hurt

– and it IS hurting and it will hurt and continue to hurt But not as much as you have been hurt.

 

So be still now

 

Wrap your hills around our absence

Loosen the concrete belt cinched tight at your waist

 

Rest.

Breathe.

Recover.

Heal –

 

And we will do the same.

 

—————????❤️

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