Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Speaking of Earth

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My children speak of the Earth

in the language of hopelessness:

“No one will do anything anyway.”

“We should all ride horses,

replace cars. But no one listens.”

“Wal-mart says they only use eco-friendly

products. But their light bulbs aren’t.”

“We don’t need any more houses.

Why can’t they just stop building?”


Mangy magazine pages and bread bags

claim our bony trees, last year’s

Robin’s eggs decay,

a deck peels five years of paint,

windows need replacing.

My children’s retro music

condenses on the glass:

“Oh we’re never gonna survive.”



Katherine Gotthardt

Copyright Feb. 27, 2010


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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