But as the saying used to go, Earth Day = Every Day ...
so here's a little something, written not in 1970,
but way back in 1854 by our old friend Henry Thoreau, on a day when he found a turtle nest :
she is genial to them and does not kill them.
It suggests a certain vitality and intelligence in the earth,
which I had not realized.
This mother is not merely inanimate and inorganic.
Though the immediate mother turtle abandons her offspring,
the earth and sun are kind to them.
The old turtle on which the earth rests
takes care of them
while the other waddles off.
Earth was not made poisonous and deadly to them.
The earth has some virtue in it;
when seeds are put into it, they germinate;
when turtles' eggs, they hatch in due time.
Though the mother turtle remained and brooded them,
it would still nevertheless be the universal world turtle
5 months ago