Eric Paul Shaffer
Welcome to the Planet: A Greeting for Newborns
This day, we welcome you.
We teach our ways to greet you.
We are one kind among many the world encircles.
Touch all gently.
Our people are near us always.
Find yourself among the best.
Cities display our inventions and designs.
Watch, wonder, and wander away.
Highways are dark and long, concrete and crowded.
Make your own way.
Birds and beasts bring news of the planet.
Good news for your ears only.
The sea foretells the past and future.
Soil is the source of the great and the humble.
See the small creatures close.
Mountains reveal nothing lasts.
Make peace with this.
Rivers flow in the direction of days.
Mark the many courses well.
Woods are where the world breathes.
We greet you as your way begins.
Welcome to the planet.
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