I traveled back to London from Oslo late Monday night. By the time I had taken the train from Gatwick to Victoria, then the Underground for another hour, I felt exhausted. It had been a long day of travel on the heels of teaching a workshop all weekend. Then my eyes caught sight of a poem, written on the underground train billboard. I read it and reread it and when I had finished reading, my eyelids flickered, my pulse raged and I was no longer tired!
Here it is, so simple, so anonymous, so touching…
When man first flew beyond the sky
He looked back into the world’s blue eye
Man said: What makes your eye so blue?
Earth said: The tears in the ocean do.
Why are the seas so full of tears?
Because I’ve wept a thousand years.
Why do you weep as you dance through space?
Because I ‘m mother of the human race.